The Scottish Law Commission has now completed its consideration of the detailed content and process of the review. It will now begin reviewing the full range of relevant Scottish law and consider experience in other countries. The commission will then develop a discussion paper and, after consultation, will publish its final recommendations by the end of 2002.
Does the minister accept the
Like any other landowner, the Crown Estate in Scotland will be subject to any laws passed by the Scottish Parliament in respect of its land and property. However, as Mr Scott will be aware, the Crown Estate's functions and the statutory position of the Crown Estate commissioners are reserved to Westminster. As a result, he may wish to take the matter up with his Westminster MP.
I am certainly aware of the dispute, not least because of Mr Lyon's persistent representations on the matter. As issues concerning the law of the foreshore and sea bed are exceptionally complex, the review will take some time. The rights and privileges of the Crown Estate will undoubtedly form part of that review, but it would be premature for me to say anything about the review's outcome. I repeat that any changes the Parliament makes to the law of property that affects land and property will apply to the Crown Estate as to any other landowner in Scotland.