HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 c1784W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when Jersey and Guernsey will apply the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; what consultations he has had with the island authorities; what undertakings he has been given on the formulation and enactment of legislation; and whether he has power to extend the convention to the islands in the way they were extended to the Isle of Man. [189721]

Mr. Leslie

These conventions both cover areas where the Governments of the Crown Dependencies have domestic competence. I understand that the Insular Authorities in Jersey and Guernsey have both made a commitment to have the necessary legislation in place when it is practicable to do so.

Once that legislation is in place and the Insular Authorities request the extension of the conventions, that may be done by declaration, in the same way as they were extended to the Isle of Man.