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Jersey and Guernsey

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey make to the United Kingdom Exchequer in return for services provided through overseas representation and in international negotiations. [HL4714]

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last assessed the costs of services provided by the United Kingdom to the Crown Dependencies and the level of voluntary contributions provided in return for those services. [HL4764]

The UK Government are constitutionally responsible for defence and international representations of all the Crown Dependencies, including the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey. In accordance with the Jersey and Guernsey (Financial Provisions) Act 1947, the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey occasionally surrender hereditary revenues of the Crown to the Consolidated Fund. Each payment must then be returned to Jersey and Guernsey within 10 working days. The last such payment from Jersey was for an amount of £225,000 in November 2008 and the last payment from Guernsey was an amount of £7,910,000 in February 2003.

The Isle of Man makes contributions in accordance with the Contribution Agreement 1994. The most recent contribution was £2,559,278.55, made in 2008.