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Crown Dependencies

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the form and financial equivalent of the current annual voluntary contribution each of the Crown Dependencies makes to the costs of their defence and international representation by the United Kingdom. [HL985]

To ask Her Majesty’s Government through what procedures the size and shape of the voluntary contributions each of the Crown Dependencies makes to the costs of their defence and international representation by the United Kingdom are agreed. [HL986]

The UK is responsible for the defence and international relations of the Crown Dependencies, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Jersey and Guernsey surrender hereditary revenues of the Crown to the Consolidated Fund in accordance with the Jersey and Guernsey (Financial Provisions) Act 1947. 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 February 2009. The amount is initially calculated by the chief accountant of the Isle of Man Government Treasury Department, and then agreed with the UK Government.