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Caribbean Dependent Territories

Volume 576: debated on Sunday 18 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What plans they have for their future constitutional relationship with the five remaining Caribbean Dependent Territories.

In the light of recent experience, we examined actual or potential problems in the five Caribbean Dependent Territories. Considerable improvements are being made in the administration of the territories and their good government. However, it has become clear that some extension of those powers which may be exercised by the Government may be needed. We will take this into account in our continuing discussions with each of the five governments concerned and make any changes if and when necessary. We attach importance to our continuing friendship and close co-operation with the territories in the interests of their well-being and future prosperity.