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Chagos Islands: Overseas Aid

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will consider providing increased assistance to the former Chagos Islanders. (244085)

The Department for International Development has no programme for assistance to Chagossians. There is no permanent resident population in the British Indian Ocean Territory. Following the House of Lords judgment on 22 October, the Government’s policy will remain that no one has the right of abode in the Territory or the right to enter unless authorised. While in no way justifying the regrettable decisions that were made in the 1960s and the 1970s, earlier court rulings found that the compensation already paid in full and final settlement of claims was fair.