HL Deb 13 June 2002 vol 636 c48WA
Lord Pearson of Rannoch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 5 April 2000 (HL Deb, col. 1297), what is the possible ambiguity in paragraph 1499 of the Kilbrandon report which the Government find "extremely helpful"; and why they find it so. [HL4621]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Asthal)

Paragraph 1499 of the Kilbrandon Report (Cmnd 5460) expresses the view that it is impracticable to define an area of domestic affairs in which the Crown dependencies' autonomy should be absolute. The relationship between the United Kingdom and the Crown dependencies has in general operated successfully on that basis.