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Crown Estate Commissioners

Treasury written question – answered on 25th June 2009.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer,

(1) if he will list the names and locations of structures sited on Crown Estate land but not owned by the Crown Estate to which repair work has been carried out by the Crown Estate;

(2) what duty the Crown Estate has to maintain and repair structures located on land owned by the Crown Estate where these contribute towards coastal protection;

(3) if he will list the names and locations of (a) piers and (b) harbours for which the Crown Estate has a duty of care.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Secretary, HM Treasury

Crown Estate land comprises extensive urban, rural, foreshore and seabed interests. It does not keep an ownership record of all the structures, including piers and harbours, on its land.

The Crown Estate does not erect structures on the foreshore and seabed on its land. It permits third parties to do so by granting leases. Such leases normally oblige tenants to repair structures on the land they lease.

The Crown Estate has no duty to maintain and repair structures on its land for coast protection purposes. Nor has it any general duty of care as landowner for piers or harbours on its land, whether leased or not. In common with all landowners, the Crown Estate has a statutory duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable injury to persons, and has to comply with any statutory notices.

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