Moore must act on Crown Estate report

Commenting on the publication this afternoon of the Scottish Affairs Committee’s report into the Crown Estate in Scotland, SNP MSP Rob Gibson has said that Michael Moore has been left “isolated on the wrong side of the argument,” and must use this report to deliver a step-change in the UK Government’s approach to the Crown Estate’s assets.

Mr Gibson – MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross and a long-term campaigner for devolution of the Crown Estate’s assets, commented:

“This is just the latest in a long line of parliamentary inquiries which have backed the devolution of the Crown Estate’s assets to Scotland.

“The two-stage model of devolution proposed by the Scottish Affairs Committee has already been backed by the Scottish Parliament and is the best way to get money invested back into local communities – including those in my own constituency.

“There is now overwhelming support for this to happen – including from the Liberal Democrats themselves.

“The irony is that Mr Moore’s own party was the one UK party that prior to the UK elections was actually agitating for devolution of the Crown Estate, and now even MPs from the other parties are expressing support for devolution, leaving Mr Moore isolated on the wrong side of the argument.”