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British Overseas Territories

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which dates over the past three years governors of overseas territories who were retiring from the Diplomatic Service have despatched valedictory e-grams or telegrams; and if he will make a statement. (155809)

The Governors of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Falkland Islands have retired from the Diplomatic Service in the past three years. Their valedictory e-grams were despatched on 26 October 2005, 7 April 2006 and 15 August 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the GDP per head of population is in (a) pounds sterling and (b) US dollars of each of the UK overseas territories, listed in descending order of population size. (155812)

Gross domestic product (GDP) per head calculations rely on information about economic activity (GDP) and population. All GDP calculations are made by the overseas territories (OTs), who employ either specialised statisticians or analysts. The accuracy of GDP depends on the analytical input that such small offices are able to devote to calculating it. Population data are based on a census, which is usually carried out every few years, as in the United Kingdom. Population estimates have to be made for intermediate years.

Therefore GDP per capita figures will vary in accuracy, and it is not unusual for estimates to be revised after they have been published. The varying populations of the OTs compound this—a small change in population can have a bigger effect on GDP per capita.

The following table lists the OTs best estimates of GDP per capita for 2005 (or 2004 in the case of the Falkland Islands).

Population

GDP per head ( sterling)

GDP per head ($US)

Bermuda

63,571

42,636

76,403

Cayman Islands

48,353

27,179

48,704

Turks and Caicos Islands

30,602

8,752

15,683

Gibraltar

28,779

20,511

36,756

British Virgin Islands

27,000

21,205

38,000

Anguilla

13,638

5,419

9,711

Montserrat

4,785

4,295

7,696

St. Helena

4,100

3,137

5,622

Falkland Islands

2,955

25,350

46,124

Pitcairn Islands

45

1,889

3,385

These figures are based on £/$US exchange rate at 1 July in the relevant year. The St. Helena figure does not include the dependencies of Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, for which data are not available.

The other OTs—British Indian Ocean Territory, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sovereign Base areas on Cyprus, and the British Antarctic Territory—have no settled populations.