HC Deb 29 October 1908 vol 195 c471
MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether any Crown leases of sporting rights include the right to erect butts upon common land, involving the destruction of turf and diminution of feed, and include the right to burn gorse and heather; and whether he will arrange that copies of all Crown leases of sporting rights in any county shall be deposited at the office of the county council for inspection by any person interested on payment of a reasonable fee.

(Answered by Mr. Hobhouse.) The right of sporting granted in Crown leases over Crown waste lands which are subject to common rights of grazing is concurrent with and without prejudice to those rights of grazing, and may be exercised in any way that does not appreciably interfere with them. Any person who has any claim to exercise such common rights over any Crown waste will, on application to the Commissioners of Woods, be informed as to how his rights are affected by any lease of sporting that has been granted; but the Commissioners do not see their way to adopt the suggestion that all such leases should be deposited for inspection at the offices of the county council.