Committee calls for Marine rights to be devolved to Scotland

MPs have declared that control of  Scotland’s seabeds and coasts should be transferred from the Crown Estate to local authorities. 

The Scottish Affairs Committee criticised previous management of the areas, citing a lack of transparency and public consultation.

Whilst the Queen currently owns Crown Estate rights, surplus revenues from leasing of it’s land to operations such as fish farms are paid into the UK Treasury. However the Committee believe that all marine rights relating to Scotland should now be transferred to the relevant local authorities.

MPs reached this conclusion following consultation with residents of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. They received a vast number of negative responses about the Crown Estate, who were criticised for stripping money out of the areas and behaving like “absentee landlords”.

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