Crown Estate

The management of the Crown Estate

"Crown Estate Commissioners should do more to support wider public interests say Committee"

In early 2010 the Treasury Sub-Committee undertook an inquiry into the administration and expenditure of the Crown Estate. The inquiry looked at how effectively the Crown Estate Commissioners are rising to the challenges they face including, for example, the development of renewable energy, in each of their four business areas.

The Committee’s inquiry was the first into this public body for over 20 years. The Committee found that the CEC run a successful business operation. However, Members were concerned that, in some areas, the extent of the CEC’s emphasis on revenue generation, meant the body was not taking full account of wider public interests. The Committee and the Government differed on the latter’s scope to provide advice and direction. Members concluded that  the Government is taking too narrow a view of the scope it has to advise the CEC on the extent to which it ought to take wider public interests into account.

Report | Oral and written evidence | Press Notice | Response

The Committee held the following evidence sessions:


Wednesday 24 February 2010

Witnesses: Roddy Monroe, Chairman, Gas Storage Operators’ Group, Ted Sangster, Chief Executive, Milford Haven Port Authority, representing the British Ports Association, Joe Hulm, Marine Development Manager, representing the Renewable Energy Association, and Dr Jeff Chapman, Chief Executive, Carbon Capture and Storage Association

Councillor Dr Michael Foxley, Leader, and George Hamilton, Natural Resources Manager, Highland Council, Calum Iain Maciver, Director of
Development, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Linda Rosborough, Head of Marine Planning and Policy, Scottish
Government, Rosemarie MacQueen, Strategic Director Built Environment, Westminster, City Council, Stephen Bee, Director of Planning and development, English Heritage, and James Howe, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 

Wednesday 3 March 2010

Witnesses: Roger Bright CB, Chief Executive, Crown Estate Commissioners;  Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP, Exchequer Secretary, Paula Diggle, Treasury Officer of Accounts, HM Treasury, and John Henderson, Deputy Director, Scotland Office


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