Slough Estates Ltd v Slough Borough Council: HL 1971

Extrinsic evidence may be used to identify a thing or place referred to in a public document. Lord Reid said however that this was different from using evidence of facts known to the maker of the document but which are not common knowledge to alter or qualify the apparent meaning of words or phrases used in it. As he put it, members of the public, entitled to rely on a public document, ought not to be subject to the risk of its apparent meaning being altered by the introduction of extrinsic evidence.


Lord Reid


[1971] AC 958


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