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Bermuda Housing Corporation

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Metropolitan Police inquiry initiated by John Verveker, Governor of Bermuda, into the leak of Bermuda police documents relating to the Bermuda Housing Corporation. (155816)

Two senior officers (one recently retired) from Kent Constabulary visited Bermuda in June 2007, at the request of the Commissioner of Police, to review the conduct of the Bermuda Police Service investigation into the leak of confidential police files. They concluded that the investigation was being managed in a competent and professional manner.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will appoint a senior United Kingdom police officer to conduct an inquiry into allegations of impropriety in the conduct of the Bermuda Housing Corporation's affairs. (155817)

These allegations were fully investigated at the time by the appropriate authorities in Bermuda with support from New Scotland Yard.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the findings of the fraud squad investigation concluded in August 2004 into the Bermuda Housing Corporation. (155822)

A thorough investigation, assisted by officers from New Scotland Yard, resulted in criminal proceedings leading to a custodial sentence.