Crown Estate: Electric Cables

Treasury written question – answered on 20th June 2007.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how much revenue the Crown Estate collected from charges levied on cables crossing its land in each year since 2004; and how much the Crown Estate charged per kilometre of cable laid (a) on the seabed and (b) over ground in each year since 2004;

(2) how much the Crown Estate received in rent from business based in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland in each of the last three years.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The figures are as follows:

2004-05 2005-06
Land based cables 1,242 976
Seabed cables 5,454 5,530
Rent from businesses
Orkney 147 173
Shetland 971 615

Financial information for 2006-07 is not yet available.

Under the British Telecom Master Wayleave Agreement, rents for cables are charged as lump sums per year, and are not charged by length.

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