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Secretary Of State's Responsibility
17 November 1965
Volume 720
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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names and populations of those territories coming within his jurisdiction.

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There are thirty-two territories for which I am responsible excluding the British Antarctic Territory which has no permanent inhabitants. This list is as follows:

TerritoryPopulation (latest estimates)
Aden and the Protectorate of South Arabia1,100,000
Antigua60,000
Bahamas134,000
Barbados242,000
Basutoland733,000
Bechuanaland Protectorate548,000
Bermuda48,000
British Guiana630,000
British Honduras103,000
British Indian Ocean Territory (1)1,400
British Solomon Islands Protectorate137,000
British Virgin Islands8,500
Cayman Islands8,853
Dominica64,000
Falkland Islands and Dependencies2,117
Fiji449,000
Gibraltar24,386
Gilbert and Ellice Islands50,000
Grenada93,000
Hong Kong3,692,000
Mauritius741,000
Montserrat13,500
New Hebrides (2)66,000
Pitcairn86
St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla59,000
St. Helena and Dependencies (3)5,170
St. Lucia94,000
St. Vincent85,000
Seychelles46,000
Swaziland285,000
Tonga (4)71,000
Turks and Caicos Islands6,272
(1) This territory consists of the Chagos Archipelago (formerly part of Mauritius) and Aldabra, Farquhar and Desroches Islands (formerly part of Seychelles).(2) This is an Anglo-French Condominium. Authority is exercised jointly by British and French Resident Commissioners under the 1914 Protocol.(3) The dependencies are Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.(4) Britain is responsible for external affairs, defence, banking currency and exchange under a Treaty of Friendship.