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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