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British Overseas Territories

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what oversight his Department has of the granting of belongers status, or other comparable status, by overseas territory governments to people from outside the territories; and if he will make a statement. (157206)

Responsibility for immigration, including the granting of Belonger, or equivalent, status, has been devolved to overseas territories governments. The Government would not seek to intervene in the immigration policy of a territory unless it breached constitutional or other legal provisions or international obligations such as those in the European Convention on Human Rights, or it was leading to serious concerns about the good governance of the territory.