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Ascension Island

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the position of those who have acquired property on Ascension Island. (80214)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 308W. All property on Ascension Island belongs to the Crown. Nevertheless, some parties have entered into arrangements that have no basis in law. We will seek to bring these arrangements into line with legislation that is currently being reviewed. In undertaking this work individual circumstances will be considered sympathetically.