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United Kingdom Coastline

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2005.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Who is responsible for the United Kingdom's coastline; and whether they have any plans to change this responsibility.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming, Food and Sustainable Energy)

There is a wide range of government departments and agencies, as well as local authorities and other bodies that have varying levels of jurisdiction over different aspects of the regulation and management of coastal areas.

The Crown Estate generally owns the seabed out to the 12 mile territorial limit. It also owns around 55 per cent. of the foreshore (between mean high and mean low water), with the remainder in both public and private hands. Land adjacent to the foreshore is in the full range of public and private ownership as for any other part of the United Kingdom.

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