Church Commissioner Written Answers: Land and forestry in Scotland

On 13th June 2019 the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered three written questions from Deidre Brock MP on church land and forestry holdings in Scotland:

Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith) 262402 : To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the Church of England’s landholdings are in Scotland.

Dame Caroline Spelman: The Church Commissioners hold 12,333.67 hectares of land in Scotland.


Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith) 262403: To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate the Church of England has made of the profits from its operations in Scotland in the last 12 months for which information is available.

Dame Caroline Spelman: The Church Commissioners received a total net income of £8,858,429 from forestry and windfarms between 1st January 2018 to the 31st December 2018. We are unable to provide a figure for profit in the equivalent period as liabilities, including for restocking, will be borne over a number of years and the cost of purchasing the asset should be taken into consideration.


Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith) 262404: To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what EU funding the Church of England has received in each of the last ten years.
Dame Caroline Spelman: The table shows grant aid received from the UK Government by the Church Commissioners in association with operations in Scotland from 2012 onwards.
It is not possible to separate what proportion of these grants comes from the UK Government and what originates from the EU.
Date (Year) Total for Scotland
2012 £170,748.72
2013 £143,838.87
2014 £537,843.27
2015 £140,542.04
2016 £20,491.35
2017 £448,926.37
2018 £213,472.78
2019 £12,249.00
Grand Total £1,688,112.40