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The Government of Alderney

The Channel Islands are self-governing dependencies of the Crown, but they are not part of the United Kingdom, nor are they part of the European Union. Alderney is a self-governing, democratic territory and one of the constitutive islands of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The Bailiwick of Guernsey, and therefore Alderney, is not represented in Parliament at Westminster. UK Acts of Parliament only apply to the Island if it is expressly agreed that they should do so.

The United Kingdom looks after the Channel Islands in the fields of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Fisheries Protection and the islands' association with the European Union (EU).

There are no political parties in Alderney. Government is carried out by the States of Alderney (the legislature) which consists of a President and ten States Members. The President chairs the monthly meetings of the States and stands for election every four years. States Members also hold office for a period of four years and every two years there is an "Ordinary" election in which five of the sitting members offer themselves for re-election. Thus continuity at all levels is maintained and represents a stable, experienced parliamentary body.

Routine matters of Government are performed by three States Committees - Policy & Finance, General Services and Building & Development Control - which deal with all aspects of the island's finances, administration and future growth and expansion.

In addition, Alderney has two seats with voting rights on the States of Guernsey monthly Deliberation meetings. A small civil service team supports the elected Members to administer the island's affairs.