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Turks and Caicos Islands

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the written ministerial statement of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 9WS, on the Turks and Caicos Islands, how many staff of his Department have worked in the Governor’s office since 2005; what the roles were of such staff; and if he will make a statement. (294592)

The staffing of the Governor’s Office consists of a Governor, a head of the Governor’s Office (HoGO), a staff officer and a personal assistant. In November 2008 the staff was strengthened with the addition of a senior adviser to the Governor.

Since 2005, three officers have filled the post of Governor, three the post of HoGO, two the post of staff officer and two the post of personal assistant. Since its creation in 2008 the senior adviser position has been filled by three staff. During periods of leave and illness, positions in Governor’s Office have been covered by a number of staff on temporary duty.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the written ministerial statement of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 9WS, on the Turks and Caicos Islands, how often his Department plans to update the House on progress made to restore good governance, sustainable development and sound financial management to the Islands. (294593)

I will keep the House up to date through further statements when there are significant developments in the Islands.