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Bermuda

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost of the Governor of Bermuda and his staff met by her Department, including the Residence and Government House and other offices and residential accommodation used by staff, was in the last year for which figures are available; how much and what proportion of these costs are met by the Finance Ministry of Bermuda; and if she will make a statement. (111698)

The majority of the costs for the Governor of Bermuda and his staff are met by the Government of Bermuda. In the financial year 2005-06 the costs borne by the Bermuda Ministry of Finance were Bermudian $1.345 million. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office pays for certain expenditure related to the terms and conditions applicable to the UK-based staff in the Governor’s Office such as accommodation running costs, travel, and medical insurance cover. In the financial year 2005-06 this amounted to approximately Bermudian $50,000.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives the Government of Bermuda has taken consequent on the report she received from Colonel Baxter of the British Defence Staff, Washington DC into the Bermuda Regiment’s Fitness for Role Inspection dated 29 November 2005; and if she will make a statement. (115118)

The Governor has invited the Defence Board to take forward the recommendations made in the report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the basis was for Governor Sir John Vereker’s statement on 22 January that there was no public support for an end to male conscription to the Bermuda Regiment; and if she will make a statement. (111489)

The Governor made no statement on 22 January. On 10 January, he commented that the suggestion that conscription to the Bermuda Regiment should be ended was not widely supported. This was on the basis of public opinion polling in Bermuda.