§ Mr. Murphy
asked the Prime Minister if she will set out the current administrative responsibilities exercised by Her Majesty's Government towards the Baliwick of Guernsey, the Baliwick of Jersey, and the Isle of Man; if Her Majesty's Government have any plans to seek to alter the present constitutional relationships between the United Kingdom and these three Crown dependencies; and if she will make a statement.160W
§ The Prime Minister
The Crown has ultimate responsibility for the good government of the islands and acts through the Privy Council on the recommendations of Ministers of Her Majesty's Government. By long-standing constitutional convention, the islands legislate for their own domestic affairs, but Her Majesty's Government have responsibility for the defence and the international relations of these dependencies of the Crown. We have no plans to alter the present constitutional relationships.