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Renewed calls for devolution of Crown Estate to Wales following £1 billion offshore energy windfall

21 Jan 2023 4 minute read
Liz Saville Roberts speaking in the House of Commons

Plaid Cymru has renewed calls for the devolution of the Crown Estate to Wales, following the Estate’s confirmation of six new offshore wind energy lease agreements, worth an estimated £1 billion.

In response to the bonanza, announced on 19 January, the King had asked for profits from the new leases to be used for the “wider public good” rather than as a funding boost for the monarchy.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “In view of the offshore energy windfall, the Keeper of the Privy Purse has written to the Prime Minister and Chancellor to share the King’s wish that this windfall be directed for wider public good, rather than to the Sovereign Grant, through an appropriate reduction in the proportion of Crown Estate surplus that funds the Sovereign Grant.”

Welsh communities

Ms Saville Roberts has long called for profits from renewable energy generation off the Welsh coastline to be reinvested into the communities of Wales rather than to go to the UK Treasury.

Plaid Cymru has also pressed for the devolution of the Crown Estate to Wales, as has been the case in Scotland since 2017.

In a letter to Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, Ms Saville Roberts said that given the King’s support for profits to be directed for the “wider public good”, and that environmental matters and natural resources are devolved matters, that the Palace should consider directing the money to the people of Wales, via the Welsh Government, rather than to the UK Treasury.

In her letter, the MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd writes: “In light of the offshore energy windfall from which the Crown Estate will benefit in coming years, I understand that the King has indicated his preference for the percentage of the Sovereign Grant to be reduced so that more of the Crown Estate’s profits can be ‘directed for wider public good’.

“This comes following the news that the Crown Estate has signed leasing agreements for six offshore wind projects which together will result in revenue of close to £1bn for the Crown Estate every year. One of the six projects will be located off the North Wales coast, reminding us of the historic opportunity offshore wind represents for the Welsh economy.

“As I understand, the Crown Estate is also developing plans to lease further areas of the seabed in the Celtic Sea to floating offshore wind developers.

“As you may be aware, management of the Crown Estate in Wales is reserved to Westminster, while in Scotland management of the Crown Estate has been devolved to Scottish Government since 2017.

“There is growing support in Wales for Welsh Government to receive the same powers as Scotland so that the people of Wales are able to benefit directly from the economic opportunities presented by the potential for renewable energy production on land held by the Crown Estate.

“My Private Member’s Bill, the Crown Estate (Devolution to Wales) Bill, received cross-party support in the 2021-22 parliamentary session. Given that environmental matters and natural resources are devolved to the Senedd, we believe that profits from renewable energy generation should be reinvested into the communities of Wales – not to Treasury coffers.

“I would urge you to explore further the devolution of powers over the Crown Estate in Wales to Welsh Government, in particular with your fellow Royal Trustees; and ask that this matter is raised in any further communication with the Treasury regarding the Sovereign Grant.”

Millions

It is not clear as to the exact amount of taxpayer funding the King has passed up and asked to be used for public good, but it is likely to be many millions.

The Crown Estate – an ancient portfolio of land and property – belongs to the reigning monarch ‘in right of The Crown’ but it is not their private property.

The monarch surrenders the revenue from the Estate – more than £312 million a year – to the Treasury each year for the benefit of the nation’s finances, in exchange for the Sovereign Grant which covers the running costs of the royal household and events such as official receptions, investitures and garden parties.

The Grant goes up if Crown Estate profits increase, but it does not fall when they decrease.

The capital value of the portfolio is more than £15 billion.


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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
13 days ago

The theiving Royals again!
It’s what they’ve done throughout the world, throughout history!!

Riki
Riki
13 days ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

English royals, we need to start making that distinction! Because if we don’t, no one will. They are English, not Welsh, and certainly Not British.

Sikejsudjek
Sikejsudjek
12 days ago
Reply to  Riki

They’re not even English. For the last 300 years they have been of German decent!

Riki
Riki
12 days ago
Reply to  Sikejsudjek

Indeed, which surely would irk the English as much as it does those in Wales. Strangely thou, it doesn’t! Maybe because they have had a right old time with foreign rulers running their country. Norman’s, Vikings, Welsh, Scots, and now Germanic-Greeks.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
12 days ago
Reply to  Riki

Don’t forget the Russians running things in London!

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
13 days ago

Diolch i dduw am ein Liz ni.

Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
13 days ago

Where were the labour party in Wales when they passed the crown estate in Scotland too Scotland and not the Welsh crown estate too Wales??? Just sitting on their hands in parliament has normal taking Welsh votes for granted. After the labour party robbing the children of the money that was the collection from all over the world and using it to make the tips that had killed them. And the people in Wales still vote for the labour party God help us the labour party won’t

Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
13 days ago
Reply to  Malcolm Jones

Sorry I’ve left out of my article the labour party STOLE THE MONEY to make the tips safe that had killed them

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
13 days ago
Reply to  Malcolm Jones

We should call out the Labour party in Wales as the centralised monopoly imperialists they are, Today the Labour party is complaisant as the UK Tories to serve their interests and that’s not fro Wales.

We have to convince our countrymen and women that only by electing Plaid Cymru representatives will Welsh interests be served.
This is the only way we can move progress and be an independent country.

Rob
Rob
13 days ago
Reply to  Malcolm Jones

Labour only care about devolution when its in their interests. Labour MSs may be keen but Labour MPs not so much. Once Labour are back in power in London their enthusiasm will drop considerably.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago

Liz any thoughts on the Guardian revelation that MI5 refused to look into the infiltration of the Tory Party (Conservative Friends of Russia) by a Russian spy?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

you might also ask Rishi why a Russian would give him £6k?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago

Sorry Liz but could you mention to Nadhim Zahwai that losing ones car keys is careless, dropping several million quid into an offshore account is deliberate…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago

Scores of child asylum seekers kidnapped from outside hostels, Braverman has to be sacked at once…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago

One last request Liz, could you please see that Ms Braverman is brought to book for her crimes against humanity…the thought of young people being kidnapped by gangs from Home Office hotels is just too awful and the person responsible will carry on her wicked work unless stopped…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
13 days ago

Totally agree with Plaid’s Liz Saville-Roberts. Devolve the Crown Estate now! That £1 billion could do so much good. It would transform Welsh communities. We know the English Conservatives are bigoted imperialists whose ideology is to stop their first captive nation Wales from having the simplest of devolution, we know where they stand, but what’s Keir Starmer & UK Labour’s attitude towards not only the Crown Estate but further devolution? For example. Powers taken during Boris Johnson, Liz Truss & Rishy Sunak reign if terror like our EU Brexit powers and the Welsh Government’s administration rights to our once EU… Read more »

Rose Dî
Rose Dî
12 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

£1 billion is for the UK as a whole. Four fifths of the sites are in England.

England which, if you check, generates more renewable energy by proportion and volume than Wales.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
12 days ago
Reply to  Rose Dî

This sounds like our regular name-changing unionist troll from reddit bad wales. Downvote and ignore.

Sikejsudjek
Sikejsudjek
12 days ago

All of the profit and ownership should go to Wales!

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