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Turks and Caicos Islands

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) officials and (b) experts have been sent to the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of his Department’s Emergency State Building Team; what the duration of their stay is; and what remit the team has. (273270)

Two officials have been sent in succession, on a short-term basis, to the Turks and Caicos Islands to work at the Governor’s Office.

Two technical experts have been sent to the Turks and Caicos Islands for a period of 12 months. One is to oversee the disbursement of funds from the UK’s £5 million contribution to the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Disaster Recovery Plan. The other is to work with the Ministry of Finance in support of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Fiscal Stabilisation Plan.

In light of the Commission of Inquiry’s Final Report, which is due by 31 May 2009, the Government will need to give consideration to the provision of further experts.