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Channel Islands (Ministerial Visit)

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what purposes Lord Elton recently visited the Channel Islands; whom he met; and what topics were discussed.

My noble Friend visited the Channel Islands on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary who, as the Privy Councillor with special responsibility for these dependencies of the Crown, is the channel of communication between the island authorities and Her Majesty's Government. He met the Lieutenant Governors and representatives of the island authorities and discussed in general terms a range of issues of mutual interest and concern.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost of the recent visit by Lord Elton to the Channel Islands; and what proportions were borne by Her Majesty's Government and the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey respectively.

The cost of travel to and from the islands and some incidental expenses amounting to £628 were borne by Her Majesty's Government: the island authorities bore the cost of local accommodation, travel and other expenses.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report the text of the public statements and speeches made by Lord Elton on his recent visit to the Channel Islands.

I have placed in the Libraries of both Houses the texts which formed the basis of two speeches delivered by my noble Friend. His other public statements on these visits were not made from prepared texts.