Skip to main content

British Indian Ocean Territory

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he has made to the European Court of Human Rights on the application made by the Chagos Islanders. (286768)

The Government have been invited by the Court to submit written observations on the admissibility and merits of the application by the Chagos Islanders and to inform the Registry of the Government's position concerning a friendly settlement. Due to the very recent receipt of submissions on behalf of Interveners, the Government are now seeking a short extension to the deadline of 17 July 2009 set by the Court. As my hon. Friend will be aware, we do not discuss the details of legal pleadings in cases to which we are a party while they are in the process of formulation. It would be inappropriate, therefore, to discuss the Government's response in advance.