Justice Committee

Manorial rights

Inquiry status: open Inquiry timeline

The Committee held its final oral evidence session on 25 November and will report in the New Year.

If you would like to make a written submission to the inquiry please contact Committee staff first on 020 7219 1280 or justicecom@parliament.uk

Scope of the inquiry

The Justice Committee wrote both to the Law Commission and the Government asking whether there were plans to review the law concerning manorial rights in order to consider whether such rights should be abolished. There are currently no such plans to do so.

Therefore the Committee has decided to carry out a short inquiry into manorial rights in order to instigate a debate on the current situation and inform any possible future review.

Terms of reference: Manorial rights

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What are manorial rights?

The Land Registry describes manorial rights as rights which were retained by lords of the manor when land became freehold.

They can include rights to mines and some minerals, sporting rights such as hunting, shooting and fishing, and rights to hold fairs and markets.

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