Protection of Freedoms Bill

AMENDMENT
TO BE MOVED
IN GRAND COMMITTEE

After Clause 102

LORD SOLEY

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Right to information regarding the ownership of land

After section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (general right of access to information) insert—

“1A Right to information regarding the ownership of land

(1) Any person making a request for information to a public authority about the ownership of land is entitled to be informed whether—

(a) the land is owned, and

(b) there has been a registered owner in the last 100 years.

(2) The relevant public authority shall have a duty to provide such information upon request.

(3) Where—

(a) such a request is made in relation to a dispute over the ownership of the land, and

(b) the information is not held by the public authority,

the public authority shall also have a duty to search for the information requested.””

Prepared 8th December 2011