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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

St. Helena

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many inhabitants of St Helena have taken up residence in the United Kingdom in the last five years.

[Official Report, 17 December 2008, Vol. 485, c. 879W.]

Letter of correction from Gillian Merron:

It has been brought to my attention that the written answer I gave to the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) on 17 December 2008 was incorrect. The full answer given was as follows: (240849)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not had any meetings with officials from St. Helena in the last two years. However, I had a constructive meeting with Councillor William Drabble during the Overseas Territories Consultative Council in October this year, and my hon. Friend, Meg Munn, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, met with Brian Isaacs at the same event in December 2007. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government officials are in regular contact with St. Helena officials.

The correct answer should have read:

The British Overseas Territories Act 2002 conferred British citizenship on British Overseas Territories citizens with the exception of those who are a British overseas territories citizen by virtue only of a connection with the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

British citizens are free from immigration control in the UK. As such, the Government do not keep records of the movements of these citizens to and from the UK.