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Crown Estate Commissioners

Treasury written question – answered on 21st February 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Crown Estate's role in promoting (a) the big society, (b) volunteering and (c) other community and social action programmes; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The Crown Estate is principally a commercial organisation. Under the Crown Estate Act 1961 it is tasked with maintaining and enhancing the value of the estate and the return obtained from it

'but with due regard to the requirements of good management'.

The annual surplus income is paid to the Exchequer.

The Crown Estate can only promote volunteering and community and social action programmes that are linked in some way to the properties it manages. Examples include its Marine Stewardship programme and details on this and other such projects can be found in the Crown Estate's annual report. Copies are available in the House of Commons Library, or at

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