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Overseas Territories (Governors)

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether formal guidance is given to governors of the overseas territories for the purposes of engagement with local press and media. (95053)

No formal guidance is given to governors of overseas territories for the purposes of engagement with local press and media. Governors are expected to engage with the local press and media on local issues as a matter of course and they would normally only consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on matters of wider interest.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there is a requirement for governors of overseas territories to request approval before engaging with local press and media. (95054)

There is no requirement for governors of overseas territories to request approval before engaging with the local press on local issues, but they would normally consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on matters with wider interest and those relating to international affairs.