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Petition demands control of royal profits from £500m Crown Estate is transferred to Wales

07 Jan 2022 4 minutes Read
Simon Hart photo by Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0). Wind farm picture by Andy Dingley (CC BY-SA 3.0).

A petition has been launched which demands that control of royal profits from the £500m Crown Estate is transferred to Wales.

The UK Government has repeatedly refused to devolve power over the Crown Estate assets in Wales to the Senedd, despite having given control over its holdings in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament.

The Crown Estate, which holds the rights to seabeds around the British Isles, is a collection of lands and holdings in the United Kingdom belonging to the British monarch.

However, powers over the management of Crown Estate in Wales are still held in Westminster, and the revenues go directly to the UK Government’s Treasury.

The value of the Crown Estate Wales’ renewable assets grew from £49.2m in 2020 to £549.1m in 2021.

The petition says: “The Crown Estate, which holds the rights to seabeds around the British Isles, is a collection of lands and holdings in the United Kingdom belonging to the British monarch.

“However, powers over the management of Crown Estate in Wales are still held in Westminster, and the revenues proceed directly to the UK Government’s Treasury. Control of the crown estate has been already been transferred over to the Scottish Government back in 2016.

“The value of the Crown Estate Wales’ renewable assets grew from £49.2m in 2020 to £549.1m in 2021.

“This is money that would enable Wales to build and develop our own Welsh renewable energy industry rather than selling off our assets to the highest foreign bidder.

“Remember this has already happened in Scotland why are we treated differently?”

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts recently told the Westminster-appointed Welsh Secretary Simon Hart there was a clear majority in the Senedd to support the principle of Wales having the same powers as Scotland over the Crown Estate.

‘Broke’ 

But Simon Hart responded to say that ‘”frankly, it is a case of, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

“The relationship that the Crown Estate enjoys with the UK Government, the Welsh Government and stakeholders works very well,” he said.

“I do not think there is any public interest or appetite for altering the terms of that arrangement.”

Speaking at Westminster, Liz Saville Roberts had said that Plaid Cymru’s co-operation agreement with the Welsh Government agreed that further powers were needed to support our path to net zero— “specifically on the management of the Crown Estate and its assets in Wales”.

“Given that there is now a clear majority in the Senedd to support the principle of Wales having the same powers, remember, as there are regarding the Crown Estate of Scotland, will the Minister also support my Bill to ensure that the profits of offshore wind go to the people of Wales?”

The First Minister Mark Drakeford has said transferring control of the Crown Estate to Wales is “definitely an idea we should take seriously”, as he spoke boosting Wales’ aspirations of becoming a world leader in renewable energy.

Drakeford also pointed out that control of the Crown Estate is is already “devolved to Scotland”.

He told the Guardian: “Wales’ big contribution to a carbon-neutral future is to use the natural assets we have to be at the forefront of renewable energy production, whether that is from wind or waves or water.

“Geography is on our side. If you’re on the west side of the UK, you have the prevailing winds. We are surrounded on three sides by water.”

On devolving power over the Crown Estate to Wales he said: “It’s definitely an idea we should take seriously. The crown estate is devolved in Scotland.

“The Scottish government do have levers they are able to use that are not directly available to us. In Scotland it’s a direct tool the government is able to deploy.”


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Andrew
Andrew
5 months ago

Sign and forward to others.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
5 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Can you send the link to the petition please?

defaid
defaid
5 months ago
Reply to  Gill Jones

There’s a link in the first paragraph of the article.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
5 months ago
Reply to  defaid

Diolch. Missed it – that 3rd glass of red wasn’t such a good idea!

defaid
defaid
5 months ago

Signed. And thank you N.C, for letting us know.

Dewi Davies
Dewi Davies
5 months ago

Signed and passed on

Gareth Rees
Gareth Rees
5 months ago

There are typos in 2nd & 3rd paragraphs of the petition.

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
5 months ago

Scotland and Ireland keep the money from the crown estate why not Wales where’s our MPs from Wales i only see that the Welsh nationalists are kicking off where are Welsh labour. Sitting on they’re hands don’t rock the boat just take they’re wages

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
5 months ago

According to Simon Hart: “The relationship that the Crown Estate enjoys with the UK Government, the Welsh Government and stakeholders works very well,”

Rubbish, there is NO relationship between the Crown Estate and the Welsh Government for the simple reason that the Welsh Government has no control over the Crown Estate in Wales and receives none of the revenue from it.

I suspect the REAL reason why they won’t hand over control is because they won’t be able to hand out juicy contracts to their public school chums.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
5 months ago

Signed. Good luck. It’s about time Wales gained full control of our natural assets and resources.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
5 months ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

Agreed and petition signed. However, we need to be aware that Change.org petitions are ignored by Westminster. To have a bigger impact we really need one on the Government Petition site. If 100k signatures (I think) are reached they have to debate it in parliament.

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