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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:31 pm on 6th July 1983.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 9:31 pm, 6th July 1983

I am coming to the hon. Gentleman now. He questioned me about clause 12. It would not be right to treat the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man other than in accordance with their constitutional status. They are no different in constitutional status from any British colony or, for that matter, foreign country. It has been the cause of severe complaint from those islands that they are treated as if they were in some way semi-dependencies when they are no different from any other of Her Majesty's dependencies.