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The Crown Estate in Scotland

Overview

The Crown Estate is a collection of ancient rights, functions and assets owned by the Monarch.

The Smith Commission recommended that the management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland, and their revenues, should be devolved.  The Scotland Act 2016 made provision for that through enabling HM Treasury to make a statutory Transfer Scheme. The Transfer Scheme came into force on 1 April 2017.

In parallel, the Scottish Government has been working with the Crown Estate Commissioners (and new body Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management)) and key stakeholder interests to ensure a smooth transition during the interim period. To support this, a stakeholder advisory group was established which includes representatives from all key sectors with an interest in the Crown Estate.    

Interim arrangements

A public consultation on the interim arrangements took place from 30 June to 26 August 2016. A consultation analysis report was published on 24 October 2016. 

The Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) Order 2017, approved by the Scottish Parliament on 30 November 2016, and made by the Privy Council on 15 February 2017, established Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) to manage Crown Estate assets using powers provided in the Scotland Act 2016.

On 17 February 2017, The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform confirmed the appointment of Amanda Bryan as Chairing Member of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management). Ronnie Quinn has been  appointed as Chief Executive and Dr Michael Foxley, Andrew Macdonald, Robert Mackenzie, Richard Morris, Hugh Raven and Alister Steele MBE have been appointed as Members of the Board of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management).

On 1 April 2017, powers over the revenue and management of Crown Estate resources in Scotland were formally transferred and an outline of the broad framework within which Crown Estate Scotland will operate, including key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship, is now available.

Long-term arrangements

A public consultation on the long-term management of the Crown Estate in Scotland ran from 4 January to 29 March 2017. Responses to  the consultation are currently being analysed and will inform decisions  on the long term framework for management of the Crown Estate in Scotland, including opportunities for further devolution, going forward.

The Scottish Government has already committed to providing the net revenue from marine activities out to 12 nautical miles to coastal and island councils.

Related Documents & Committee Evidence

Related Documents

Committee Evidence

  • The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee: 6 September 2016

  • The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee: 17 June 2015

  • The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee: 27 May 2015

  • The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee: 27 May 2015

  • The Scottish Parliament’s Devolution (Further Powers) Committee: March 2015