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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 whether the UK's obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women have been extended to all UK overseas territories; and if he will make a statement. (155813)

The Government are working to encourage the extension of the UK's obligation under the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to all the UK populated Overseas Territories. With the agreement of the respective territory governments, we have extended this convention to the British Virgin Islands, the Falkland Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Cayman Islands Government have formally requested that the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women should be extended to them. Further legislative work is ongoing and will need to be completed before the Convention can be extended. The Governments of Bermuda and Gibraltar have also agreed to draft legislation to enable the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to be extended to them.

We will continue to encourage those UK Overseas Territories that have not yet agreed to the extension of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to do so.