1948 Agreement Alderney

The original agreement provided that the Alderney States were composed of a President and nine members, two of whom sat in the Deliberations of Guernsey and four in the Electoral States. The law also separated Alderney`s judicial and administrative organizations for the first time. The commission`s investigation showed that Guernsey would take responsibility for Alderney`s main public services. The States of Guernsey would assume financial, legislative and administrative responsibility for Alderney Airport, health, social and educational services, police and immigration, main roads, sewers and water supply. These were referred to as `transferred services` because responsibility for the latter was transferred to Guernsey. In 1948, through the Alderney (Application of Legislation), Guernsey acquired the right to legislate on all matters necessary for the fulfilment of the obligations entrusted to it to perform the transferred services. Despite opposition from some in Alderney, the Alderney States accepted this loss of sovereignty over much of their civil affairs. Until the 1948 reform, the Alderney States were constituted: Mr Partridge said there was an “open and public debate on the agreements”, but he said they had been agreed with relative ease by local states and the population. The Guernsey and Alderney Agreement of 1948 was drawn up to help the economy recover after being evacuated and heavily fortified by the Nazis.

The Government of Guernsey is revising the so-called 1948 Agreement. A Guernsey Alderney Joint Advisory Council was established in 1949 to enable consultations and links between island states. The Council expired by mutual agreement in 1978. It was revived as the Guernsey Alderney Consultative Council, which was to meet if necessary. This Council was also abolished with effect from 6 May 2004. The Guernsey Policy Council has taken over responsibility for liaising with Alderney. This situation was examined, which led to the proposal of the British Home Office of 1948. In 1948, Guernsey took control of many of Alderney`s services after the island was destroyed during World War II. Alderney would be responsible for funding other public services as part of changes to a World War II deal. While Alderney enjoys full legal autonomy (except in foreign affairs and defence, such as the other Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), some matters have been delegated to Guernsey, in accordance with the provisions of a formal agreement (known as the “1948 Agreement” between the Alderney Government and the Guernsey Government). These are called “transferred services”.

The composition of the Alderney States is governed by the Government of Alderney Law, 2004 (as amended) and consists of a President plus 10 members. There is an election every four years for the president and every two years for 5 members. Presidential elections and members take place in several days. Persons from Alderney registered on the list of electors have the right to vote. Every month, before each Meeting of the States of Alderney, a Public Assembly of the People is held to inform those present of the operations to be carried out at the Meeting of States and to explain them when a declaration is requested. The amendments were unanimously approved by the States of Guernsey. I don`t think Guernsey has an obligation to always subsidy Alderney for the next 1000 years, and that`s where we need to lead this discussion, and if we want to continue the relationship, there may be some changes that will make it more beneficial for Guernsey. . . .

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