From Chief Minister and policy Council to all deputies, comments on the Ministry of justice report released on the 30th March 2010.

Note: No reference is made to the lack of proper liaison and representation being made by the UK Treasury on behalf of Guernsey in the dealings with Iceland. The Chief Minister knows that very few Deputies will read the report in depth, let alone the witness memorandums.

 

CHIEF MINISTER WELCOMES REPORT ASSERTING GUERNEY’S INDEPENDENT STATUS

Chief Minister Lyndon Trott today welcomed recommendations from an influential UK Parliamentary Committee to reinforce Guernsey’s independent status.

In its report on UK Crown Dependencies published today, the Justice Select Committee called on the UK to be “clearer… of the constitutional position, essential independence from the UK and the fact that their [Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man] interests need to be considered routinely in any area of UK policy-making and legislation likely to affect them.”

The report incorporated many of the points made in the Government of Guernsey’s submission to its enquiry including the need for the further development of Guernsey’s international identity and for the UK government to develop firm guidelines for consultation on UK and EU legislation affecting Guernsey.

Deputy Trott said:

“I am particularly pleased that the Committee has endorsed the work we have been carrying out to assert our international identity while recognising the duty of the UK government to represent our interests.  The Committee has acknowledged our desire to engage on the international stage and supports developments in this area.”

“The report will provide the ideal platform to discuss ways to develop the way the relationship is managed with the Minister responsible following the UK general election. Through the strong working relationship we already have with the UK Government I look forward to developing our and the Committee’s suggestions.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. The Justice Select Committee report, Crown Dependencies, was published on Tuesday 30 March 2010 and looked into the relationship between HM government and the crown dependencies.
  2. As part of the inquiry the Chairman, Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP and Linda Riordan MP from the Justice Select Committee visited the Bailiwick of Guernsey on 9th to 11th February 2010.
  3. The rules on UK Department responses to Select Committee Reports can be found at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/propriety_and_ethics/civil_service/osmotherly_rules/5.aspx

 

  1. The Chief Minister of Guernsey signed an International Identity Framework Agreement on 28 November 2008:

http://www.gov.gg/ccm/treasury-and-resources/press-releases/2008/international-identity-framework-agreement-signed.en?textonly=yes

 

 

Issued by: Jo Reeve, Principal External Affairs Officer, Policy Council

Direct Tel: 01481 717020

Email: jo.reeve@gov.gg