Calls for Crown Estate to be devolved

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An SNP MSP has called for the devolution of the Crown Estate after concerns were raised over its handling of Scottish property.

Kenny Gibson made the call after it emerged that the body recently sold off Scottish assets at a loss in order to fund the development of shopping malls in England.


An SNP MSP has called for the devolution of the Crown Estate after concerns were raised over its handling of Scottish property.

Kenny Gibson made the call after it emerged that the body recently sold off Scottish assets at a loss in order to fund the development of shopping malls in England.

Mr Gibson argued that fully devolving the Crown Estate would allow it to focus properly on Scottish priorities and to generate investment for Scotland.

The Crown Estate currently administers and receives revenues from the Scottish seabed – an area of huge potential with the development of offshore renewable energy expected to generate massive revenue.

Commenting Mr Gibson said:
“Devolving the Crown Estate is long overdue and the current coalition’s plans to allow Scotland to appoint one Commissioner are seriously deficient.

“Selling Scottish property at a loss to fund shopping malls in England instead of holding onto the property to make the best return for further investment in Scotland is not acceptable with what are major assets.

“It raises serious questions about the Crown Estates stewardship of their resources in Scotland.  With the Crown Estate currently responsible for and receiving revenues from Scotland’s seabed which is set to become one of our most valuable resources this state of affairs in unacceptable.

“We must be sure that the lands and seabed owned by the Crown Estate are,  as Scotland’s national resources, being put to the best use for Scotland’s national interest.  Devolving the Crown Estate in Scotland to Scottish control will ensure that is the case.

The SNP MSP urged the Tories coalition partners to support his calls adding:
“The UK Government must act to fully devolve control of all elements of the Crown Estate and I am calling on the Lib Dems, who well know the benefit that could be derived for the North of Scotland, to ensure the coalition delivers that devolution as soon as possible.

“With other powers due to be transferred by the coalition there is perfect opportunity to resolve this issue for good.”

The Crown Estate is managed by an independent organisation, headed by a Board, and any profits from the Estate is paid every year to the UK Treasury.

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