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.
The figures are as follows:
|Land based cables||1,242||976|
|Rent from businesses|
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.