HL Deb 02 August 1982 vol 434 c660WA
Lord Dormer

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in view of recent events, they will consider an amendment of the law of trespass so as to render the authorised entry into private property a criminal offence.

Lord Elton

It is already a criminal offence to gain entry to property, against the will of a person on the property, by the use or threat of violence; or to trespass on property in possession of a weapon without lawful authority or excuse. Moreover, anyone who trespasses on property with intent to steal or to inflict grievous bodily harm, or to commit rape or to cause unlawful damage, is guilty of the offence of burglary. The Government nevertheless propose to review the general state of the law in this field.