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Crown Dependencies

The Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor is the Privy Counsellor with special responsibility for Island Affairs. David Lammy MP is the Minister responsible for the conduct of Islands' business within Whitehall.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs provides the main channel of communication between the Islands and HM Government and acts on behalf of the Islands for liaising with other Government Departments and for making them aware of Islands' interests over a whole range of issues.

Guidance is available for those in Government Departments or Agencies who deal, or are likely to deal, with matters affecting the Islands.

The Islands are Crown Dependencies with the own legislative assemblies and systems of local administration and law, and their own courts. Acts passed by the States require the sanction of The Queen-in-Council.

The British Government is responsible for defence and international relations.

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