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
 20 March  Evidence session with stakeholders 2
 23 March  Close of call for views
 24 April  Evidence session with Cabinet Secretary
 May  Consideration of draft report
 June  Anticipated Stage 1 debate


Call for Evidence

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, wants to hear from you on the general principles of the Scottish Crown Estate Bill which the Scottish Government introduced on 24 January 2018.

How to respond

The Committee is keen to hear views on the content of the Bill as drafted. Specifically, the Committee would like comment on:
• Does the Bill allow Crown Estate Scotland, or a delegated manager, to appropriately manage the Scottish assets?
• Are the powers to allow the transfer of the management function appropriate?
• Are the managers’ powers and duties as listed in the Bill appropriate?
• Should any additional power or function of the Scottish Crown Estate not currently provided for in the Bill which should be included?

Before responding, please read our policy (Parliament’s policy on handling information received in response to calls for evidence) and note the following—

  • Please keep your written response as concise as possible – ideally no more than 4 sides of A4 and using the Committee’s template. 



  • The written response should be provided electronically in MS Word format (please do not send PDFs or confirmatory hard copies).  Please send responses to:
  • The Committee welcomes written evidence in English, Gaelic or any other language.
  • Gaelic call for evidence (200KB pdf)
  • Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered by the Committee.

If you wish to make a hard copy submission, please address it to—
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Room T3.40
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

The deadline for responses is 12 noon Friday 23 March 2018

What happens next? 

The Committee will take oral evidence on the Bill at public Committee meetings in March and April 2018.  The Committee will then publish a report of its views on the Bill to the Scottish Parliament following the summer recess. 

On behalf of the Committee, thank you for your assistance.


Andrew Proudfoot
Senior Assistant Clerk
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee 
0131 348 5221