HC Deb 01 March 1973 vol 851 cc1683-4
9. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Isle of Man will now be subject to the rules and regulations relating to freedom of movement and employment within the European Economic Community; and what steps he intends to take to protect United Kingdom citizens who settle in the Isle of Man.

Mr. Lane

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir". In answer to the second part, my right hon. Friend sees no need for any further protection than already exists. The Crown is already represented in the island—which is a parliamentary democracy—with the normal forms of redress available through the courts.

Mr. Stonehouse

How is it that the Isle of Man continues to enjoy the protection of the United Kingdom but apparently will not be subject to the rules and regulations of the Common Market? How is it that Isle of Man persons can come to the United Kingdom and seek employment without restriction, but the reverse situation does not apply? In view of the fact that United Kingdom citizens who go to foreign countries can obtain assistance from Her Majesty's consuls, should not a similar facility be available to United Kingdom persons who go to the Isle of Man?

Mr. Lane

I will look further into the point that the right hon. Gentleman has raised, which I think is more for my right hon. Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary. I think that the right hon. Gentleman will know that there are a number of people in the Isle of Man who because of their main connection with the United Kingdom have free movement within the Community.