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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10302: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the timescale is for the further devolution of the Crown Estate to local authorities.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 27 July 2017

Our recent consultation on the long-term arrangements for management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland outlined our proposals on how Crown Estate assets in Scotland can be managed differently in future.

We are currently considering the consultation responses and will take these into account as we develop proposals for future legislation, including arrangements for further devolution of management within Scotland. We are working to introduce a Bill on management of Crown Estate assets as soon as possible and a further announcement on timing will be made in due course. In the consultation paper, Scottish Ministers promoted taking a phased approach to further devolution and the nature and timescale for actual implementation of any arrangements for further devolution will be determined by whatever legislation is agreed by the Parliament.

Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) will ensure continuity while the framework for managing the assets in the longer term is developed and discussions are continuing with island councils on a possible pilot on local management of assets.