McArthur: Ministers face test on crown estate powers


Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today reiterate calls on Scottish Government Ministers to devolve control over Crown Estate powers. 

Ahead of today's evidence session to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Mr McArthur has urged Scottish Government Ministers to set out a timetable for the Crown Estate powers to be devolved to local authorities, as was envisaged by the Smith Commission. The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the interim arrangements for managing the Crown Estate responsibilities in Scotland, following their devolution to the Scottish Parliament.

Commenting, Orkney’s MSP said:

“Devolving control over Crown Estate assets and revenue is an opportunity island communities cannot afford to miss. The income generated could give Orkney’s harbours, the aquaculture industry and marine renewable energy industries a secure footing at a time when there is so much uncertainty.

“It is therefore frustrating, particularly for islanders, that Ministers seem to be all at sea when it comes to setting out a timetable on passing powers to local authorities. Ministers now face a real test. If the government's efforts are to amount to anything more than window dressing then Ministers must set out a timetable for the devolution of Crown Estate powers.”

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