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Turks and Caicos Islands: Prisons

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Turks and Caicos Islands government on the conditions in (a) police lock-ups in Providenciales and (b) the prison on Grand Turk. (256758)

The Governor has encouraged the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government to make available the necessary funding for the construction of a new police station in Providenciales, which will include purpose built lock-ups.

The Overseas Territories Prison Reform Coordinator, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has made recommendations to help alleviate the current overcrowding at the prison on Grand Turk, including the completion of a new female wing. These recommendations have been accepted by the TCI Government.