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Overseas Territories

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether United Kingdom equality and anti-discrimination legislation extends an obligation of compliance to her Department in its work within overseas territories among staff and employees who are within the responsibility of (a) the Governor and (b) officials of her Department. (111556)

Whether United Kingdom (UK) equality and anti-discrimination legislation would apply to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) UK-based staff serving in the Governor's office in the British overseas territories is a matter for the UK judicial authorities to decide. However, as a matter of policy, the FCO would seek to ensure that the principles underlying this legislation would be applied in the management of those staff. Whether UK legislation would apply to locally engaged staff working in the Governor's office would depend on a number of factors and would need to be assessed in each case. Local (that is, territory) legislation would normally apply to anyone not working in the Governor's office.