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Turks and Caicos Islands: Politics and Government

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how soon he expects good governance to be achieved in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and what steps he is taking to support this. (294941)

[holding answer 26 October 2009]: A UK-funded governance adviser has been involved in a major review and restructuring of the Turks and Caicos Islands' public service. Work is underway to strengthen a number of areas of public sector delivery including establishing the right balance between ministries and independent public boards to conduct the Government's business, and identifying technical expertise necessary to make the administration fit for purpose. The Government have also funded the National School of Government to provide Senior Leader Development training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department has put in place to ensure sound financial management in the Turks and Caicos Islands following the publication of Sir Robin Auld's final report on alleged corruption in that country. (294942)

[holding answer 26 October 2009]: A range of UK-funded advisers have been appointed, including an economist, an auditor and two public financial management experts. They have worked with Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) public servants to carry out a full review of the TCI Government's finances. Measures have been put in place to limit public expenditure, increase revenue and bring the Islands' debt under control. These have been included in a new budget which also reflects the restructuring of the public service. The rationale behind the new budget is to provide breathing space for the introduction of the more fundamental reforms needed to ensure transparency, accountability and sustainability in the management of public finances.