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Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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Diego Garcia (Ilois Population)

1.58 am

I wish to present a petition, Madam Deputy Speaker, with your leave and that of the House. It concerns the 2,000 Ilois of Diego Garcia, who were forcibly removed from their homeland a while ago to Mauritius and the Seychelles.

The petitioners require the Government to arrange a meeting between the Ilois and the representatives of Mauritius, to arrange the immediate return of the Bois to their homeland. They wish to be awarded compensation for the problems that have arisen since they left their homeland, and they wish the British Government to cease making the British Indian ocean territories available for military purposes.

I hope that the House will accept the petition.

To lie upon the Table.