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16/02/2018

MSPs probe Crown Estate Bill

Words: Roger Milne
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The Scottish Parliament has begun canvassing views on the government’s recently introduced Crown Estate Bill.

Holyrood’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee wants to know if the legislation can be improved and whether the measures will allow for the best management of Scotland’s diverse landscapes and assets.

The bill sets out the proposed long-term management arrangements for Crown Estate assets including Scotland’s seabed, coastlines and rural estates. Crown Estate Scotland is responsible for managing 37,000 hectares of rural land.

Committee convener Graeme Dey MSP said: “The bill is hugely significant for Scotland, and it will help to oversee the management of more than £275 million worth of assets across the country.

“Our committee now wants to hear from the public and stakeholder groups on their thoughts on the proposed bill. For example, should any additional power or function be included? And are the powers to allow the transfer of the management function appropriate?”

The call for views, which closes on 23 March, is available on the Scottish Parliament website.

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