HC Deb 02 February 1983 vol 36 c108W
Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to publish his consultative document on the law of trespass; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Whitelaw

As indicated in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn and Hatfield (Mr. Murphy) on 11 November—[Vol. 31, c. 218]—the examination of the law of trespass which I have carried out in consultation with my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor and my right hon. and learned Friend, the Attorney-General, identified a number of issues on which I believe wider consultation and public discussion to be necessary before conclusions can be reached on the need for changes in the law. As a basis for such discussions I am issuing today a consultative document, copies of which are being sent, for comment, to a wide range of organisations and interested individuals. Copies of the paper are being placed in the Libraries of both Houses and will also be available from my Department on request.