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Private Land (Military Exercises)

December 6, 2004

Question written on 06/12/2004

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the use of private land by his Department for military exercises and (b) the mechanism for obtaining consent for such use from private landowners.

Answered by Ivor Caplin

The use of private land for military training generally involves long standing relationships between the Ministry of Defence and private landowners. Consent for the use of private land is obtained via a variety of means ranging from formal leases to periodic ad-hoc agreements with the owners.