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Guernsey representatives discuss current issues with UK parliamentarians

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Wednesday 26 June 2019

The Channel Islands All Party Parliamentary Group (CIAPPG) met in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 24 June 2019 to discuss current issues with representatives from Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Jersey.

The purpose of the CIAPPG is to promote a better understanding of the issues facing the Channel Islands and to develop relations between the UK Government and the Channel Islands. The Group is co-chaired by Andrew Rosindell MP and Dr Alan Whitehead MP.

Deputy Lyndon Trott, Vice-President of the Policy & Resources Committee represented Guernsey at Monday's CIAPPG meeting, together with Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq and Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen. The meeting was then followed by a reception for parliamentarians, which provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the Channel Islands and discuss a wide range of topics with members of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

The other islands of the Bailiwick were represented at the reception by Mr James Dent, Chair of Alderney's Policy & Finance Committee and by Conseiller John Guille, Member of Sark's Policy & Finance Committee. Jersey was represented by Senator John Le Fondré, Senator Ian Gorst and Connetable Richard Buchanan.

Deputy Trott said:

'I was pleased to attend the CIAPPG's meeting and reception to update the Group on a number of recent developments in Guernsey. For a change, the agenda was not dominated by Brexit although, of course, it was still discussed.

Following the joint announcement by Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man last week, CIAPPG members and reception guests were interested to learn more about the islands' approach to registers of beneficial ownership. Members were already alert to the potential constitutional threat posed by an amendment to the Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill - that Bill has yet to be rescheduled for debate in the House of Commons.

My colleagues and I found it helpful to develop and renew relationships with friends and acquaintances from across the political spectrum in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The CIAPPG meetings are one part of our continuing engagement with UK parliamentarians on matters of importance to Guernsey.'

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