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British Overseas Territories

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 11 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average annual cost falling on UK funds has been of running the Governor's residence in each overseas territory over the last five years; how much of each figure was accounted for by (a) rent, (b) other running costs, (c) staffing and (d) entertainment and hospitality; and if he will make a statement. (155810)

It is the responsibility of overseas territories Governments to provide and maintain accommodation for Governors. However, depending on local circumstances, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) pays for some maintenance and other costs, e.g. FCO required security enhancements. The approximate average annual running costs falling to the FCO for governors’ residences in each territory are listed in the following table:

£

Territory

Rent

Other running costs

Staffing

Entertainment and hospitality

Anguilla

0

31,557

6,000

14,610

Bermuda

0

0

0

0

British Virgin Islands

0

23,500

11,833

19,390

Cayman Islands

0

0

0

0

Falkland Islands

0

6,400

1,000

25,036

Gibraltar

0

211,500

300,000

22,000

Montserrat

0

31,571

5,710

29,861

Pitcairn Island (Governor resides in Wellington)

0

0

0

0

St. Helena

0

0

0

0

Turks and Caicos Islands

0

0

0

37,951

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the human rights conventions with which each UK overseas territory is expected to comply. (155815)

The UK's objective is to see the six core UN Human Rights Conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights extended to the populated Overseas Territories (OTs) We recognise that in some cases OTs have to implement or amend legislation before the extension of some of these Conventions can take place, which takes time. But it is important that the OTs are able to comply with the obligations under the relevant Human Rights Conventions once they have been extended to them. Listed in the table are the conventions and the Territories they apply to so far.

Treaty

Anguilla

Bermuda

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

Gibraltar

International Convention on Civil and Political Rights

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Convention Against Torture

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Yes

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

European Convention on Human Rights1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Treaty

Falkland Islands

Montserrat

St. Helena

Pitcairn

Turks and Caicos Islands

International Convention on Civil and Political Rights

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Convention Against Torture

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Yes

Yes

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

European Convention on Human Rights

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

1 The right of individual petition under the European Convention on Human Rights was accepted on a permanent basis for the following Territories from 14 January 2006: Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and was renewed for a period of five years from 14 January 2006 for: Anguilla, Bermuda, Montserrat, St. Helena, and St. Helena Dependencies. It was accepted for a period of five years from 14 January 2006 for the Turks and Caicos Islands, and on a permanent basis for the Cayman Islands from 21 February 2006.