There has been much activity over the last two years on the issue of critical minerals, which cover 18 identified critical minerals including for example lithium, cobalt, tungsten and silicon. Many of these minerals are important to the UK, but are often extracted in less stable parts of the world. However there are unexploited reserves in the UK and the government has identified that the way mineral rights are held and registered could be a barrier to exploitation.
To this end they have issued a short consultation with an even shorter response window. It is important that anyone who may have a critical mineral reserve makes a response by the deadline Wednesday 15 March.
CLA Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley will be drawing together a response on behalf the CLA Minerals Working Group. However, it is important that members with these interests respond individually as well.