No. 48 of Session 2008-09
5 August 2009/ For Immediate Release
CALL FOR EVIDENCE
THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE CROWN DEPENDENCIES
The Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are self-governing dependencies of the UK. These 'Crown Dependencies' have their own directly-elected legislatures together with independent legal, administrative and fiscal systems. UK legislation only extends to them with the consent of the relevant legislatures. The Crown Dependencies are not part of the EU or EEA but they are in the Customs territory of the EU which means they can benefit from free movement provisions.
The UK Government is constitutionally responsible for the international representation of the Crown Dependencies. The Ministry of Justice is the UK Department with policy responsibility for managing the UK's relationship with the Crown Dependencies.*
Recent events, for example, the impact of the banking crisis on the Crown Dependencies, have brought the Ministry of Justice's role in relation to the Crown Dependencies into focus.** The Justice Committee has decided to conduct a brief inquiry into the role and performance of the Ministry of Justice in relation to the Crown Dependencies.
The inquiry will focus on:
i) How, in practice, the UK Government represents the Crown Dependencies internationally;
ii) The role of the Ministry of Justice in managing the United Kingdom's relationship with the Crown Dependencies including inter-departmental liaison and coordination; and,
iii) What, if any, changes are required, in terms of either policy or practice in order to improve the Ministry of Justice's management of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies?
* Crown Dependencies: evidence taken: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2008-09 Second Special Report of Session 2008-09
** The Justice Committee, First Report of Session 2008-09 on Crown Dependencies: evidence taken on Friday 19 December 2008, HC 67.
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1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP (Chairman), Mr David Heath MP, Rt Hon Douglas Hogg MP, Siân James MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Robert Neill MP, Dr Nick Palmer MP, Linda Riordan MP, Virendra Sharma MP, Mr Andrew Turner, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP and Dr Alan Whitehead MP
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