Scottish Crown Estate Bill


About the Bill

The Scottish Crown Estate Bill was introduced on 24 January 2018. The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has been designated as the lead Committee by the Parliamentary Bureau for the Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill.  

The purpose of the Scottish Crown Estate Bill is to:

  • Rename Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) to Crown Estate Scotland (CES)
  • Establish the provision that Scottish Ministers may transfer management of Scottish Crown Estate assets to a ‘transferee’ (colloquially a manager) which could include CES, a local authority, another Scottish public authority or a community organisation.
  • Make provision for a number of managerial provisions including: allowing managers to dispose and/or acquire assets on behalf of the Crown as if they were owners; to maintain the financial value of the assets; to maintain and enhance the wider socio-economic benefits of Scotland; and prepare management plans.  

The Bill and associated documents can be found at the following link: 

Scottish Crown Estate Bill page 

Stage 1

The Committee's timetable for consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 will be: 

Date Event
 9 February  Launch of call for views
 20 February  Evidence session with Scottish Government Bill Team
 13 March  Evidence session with stakeholders 1
 23 March  Close of call for views
 27 March  Evidence session with stakeholders 2
 24 April  Evidence session with Cabinet Secretary
 May  Consideration of draft report
 June  Anticipated Stage 1 debate

Stage 2

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 on 18 September 2018.

The Committee received a number of written submissions in relation to amendment 42.

Read the written submissions.


On 21 September, the Committee received correspondence from Marine Biopolymers

The Convener responded on 27 September 2018

Stage 3

The Scottish Parliament will consider Stage 3 of the Bill on 21 November 2018.


Call for Evidence

The Committee hosted a call for views on the inquiry between 9 February 2018 and 12 noon 23 March 2018. 
Please note that the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has now concluded its call for evidence and will be considering views received.  The Committee cannot consider submissions received after the deadline. You can read the evidence received by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the page below:

Written Evidence

Evidence received by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the Scottish Crown Estate Bill page

Scottish Government Briefings

The Scottish Government provided a briefing on revenue generated from assets on 24 April 2018



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