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Crown Dependencies

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when the Privy Council last consulted his Department or its predecessor on legislative matters submitted for promulgation from (a) the Isle of Man and (b) Guernsey; (167317)

(2) when the Privy Council last consulted his Department or its predecessor on legislative matters submitted for promulgation from Jersey.

The Ministry of Justice is consulted on all legislative matters for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man submitted for ratification to the Privy Council. The last occasion that Orders were approved for Jersey and Guernsey were at the Privy Council meeting on 14 November 2007; and for the Isle of Man at the meeting on the 4 April 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what legislation from (a) Guernsey and (b) the Isle of Man is awaiting promulgation by his Department. (167318)

The legislation awaiting promulgation on behalf of Guernsey and the Isle of Man is listed in the following table.

Island

Law

Isle of Man

Presiding Officers Bill 2007

Onchan District (Amendment) Bill 2007

Bailiwick of Guernsey

Forgery and Counterfeiting (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

Law Reform (Inheritance and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2006

Animal Welfare (Enabling Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2006

Preferred Debts, D├ęsastre Proceedings and Miscellaneous Provisions (Guernsey and Alderney) Law, 2006

Road Traffic (Drink Driving) (Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2006

Police Property and Forfeiture (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

Emergency and Health Workers (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

Homicide and Suicide (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

Public Order (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

Social Insurance (Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2006

Fees Charges and Penalties (Guernsey) Law, 2007

Competition and Trading Standards (Enabling Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2007

Road Traffic (Parking Fees and Charges) (Enabling Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2007

Income Tax (Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2007

Motor Taxation and Licensing (Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2007

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2007

Regulation of Utilities (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2007

Forfeiture of Money in Civil Proceedings Law, 2007

Criminal Justice (Aiding and Abetting etc.) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2007

Trusts (Guernsey) Law, 2007

Alderney

Smoking (Prohibition in Public Places and Workplaces) (Alderney) Law 2007,

Renewable Energy (Alderney) Law, 2007

Sark

Sark Hall Trust (Dissolution) Law, 2007

Real Property (Transfer Tax, Charging and Related Provisions) (Sark) Law, 2007

Reform (Sark) Law, 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in respect of how many draft Bills (a) Guernsey, (b) the Isle of Man and (c) Jersey has sought promulgation in the last 12 months. (167319)

Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have not sought promulgation of any draft Bills in the last 12 Months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what circumstances an assenting order may be refused in relation to the Channel Islands. (167324)

The Government may, via the Privy Council, advise Her Majesty to refuse Royal Assent to legislation submitted by the government of the Channel Islands if that legislation would put the United Kingdom in breach of its international obligations; or infringe against principles of good government; or adversely affect the UK's responsibility for the defence of the Islands; or otherwise be contrary to fundamental constitutional principles.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what circumstances an assenting order may be refused in relation to the Isle of Man. (167326)

The Government may, via the Privy Council, advise Her Majesty to refuse Royal Assent to legislation submitted by the government of the Isle of Man if that legislation would put the United Kingdom in breach of its international obligations; or infringe against principles of good government; or adversely affect the UK's responsibility for the defence of the Island; or otherwise be contrary to fundamental constitutional principles.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many pieces of Crown dependency legislation are awaiting ratification; and what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the arrangements for (a) scrutiny and (b) promulgation of such legislation. (167327)

There are currently 47 pieces of Crown dependency legislation awaiting ratification. The Secretary of State for Justice is content that the existing arrangements for the scrutiny and promulgation of Crown dependencies legislation provides for Her Majesty's Government to give effect to their constitutional responsibilities towards the Islands.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to conduct reviews of the process by which legislation from the Crown dependencies is processed; and if he will make a statement. (167428)

The process by which legislation from the Crown dependencies is processed by the Ministry of Justice is kept under constant review to take into account the needs of both the Crown dependencies and the UK.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what legislation from Jersey is awaiting promulgation by his Department. (167433)

The legislation awaiting promulgation on behalf of Jersey is shown in the following list.

Law

States of Jersey (Amendment No. 3) Law 200-

High Hedges (Jersey) Law 200-

Public Elections (Amendment No. 2) (Jersey) Law 200-

Financial Services (Amendment No. 3) (Jersey) Law 200-

Air Transport Permits (Repeal) (Jersey) Law 200-

States of Jersey (Amendment No. 4) Law 200-

Criminal Justice (Community Service Orders) (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

Police (Complaints and Discipline) (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

Price and Charge Indicators (Jersey) Law 200-

Collective Investment Funds (Amendment No. 4) (Jersey) Law 200-

Banking Business (Amendment No. 6) (Jersey) Law 200-

Insurance Business (Amendment No. 6) (Jersey) Law 200-

Financial Services (Amendment No. 4) (Jersey) Law 200-

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

Drug Trafficking (Offences) (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

Terrorism (Amendment No. 2) (Jersey) Law 200-

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plan to make new Crown appointments on the Channel Islands. (167434)

The Ministry of Justice is currently processing the appointment of the new Solicitor-General of Jersey. There are no other new Crown appointments scheduled for the immediate future. The timing of the appointment of the majority of Crown officers in the Crown dependencies is determined by when their Warrants or Letters Patent expire, or by their retirement from office.