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British Overseas Territories: Departmental Responsibilities

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Justice on the transfer of responsibility for the overseas territories from his Department; and if he will make a statement. (149913)

As the Minister responsible for the overseas territories, I can confirm that there has been no discussions with the Ministry of Justice on the transfer of lead responsibility for the overseas territories from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Other Government Departments continue to support the overseas territories in their areas of responsibility.