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Crown Estate Income

Treasury written question – answered on 6th November 2003.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Crown Estate has collected from charges levied on cables crossing its land in each year since 1997; and how much the Crown Estate has charged per kilometre of cable laid (a) on the seabed and (b) over ground in each year since 1997.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

Since 1997 the information requested is as follows:

Land based cables

Cables that cross land, or connect Scottish Islands to the UK mainland for domestic purposes, are covered by the British Telecom Master Agreement, which is expressed as a lump sum payment. This agreement is negotiated between BT and the Crown Estate and covers not only cables, but also poles, struts, stays, joint boxes, etc. that cross land.

Revenue (£ million)
1997 0.43
1998 0.58
1999 0.58
2000 0.65
2001 0.65
2002 1.05
2003 1.05

Seabed cables

The Crown Estate holds consultation with the United Kingdom Cable Protection Committee (UKCPC) in respect of telecommunication cable systems that either transit UK waters or land at some point on the UK coast. The agreement relates to international systems only. The agreement sets out fixed charges for single destination and self-healing loop systems, regardless of the length of cable involved.

Revenue (£ million)
1997 1.22
1998 1.63
1999 2.65
2000 3.54
2001 3.79
2002 4.98
2003 5.07

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