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Turks and Caicos Islands

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What discussions have taken place about granting more self-government to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. [HL6963]

As part of the constitutional review process for the overseas territories, the Government have had in-depth discussions with representatives of the Turks and Caicos Islands. In October 2005, agreement was reached with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government on the main principles of a new and modernised constitution. A public consultation process on the text of the draft constitution based on these principles showed broad support for the document in the territory. The Turks and Caicos Islands Legislative Council passed a resolution endorsing the draft on 28 June. On 19 July, Her Majesty the Queen made an Order in Council adopting the new constitution. The new constitution grants the Turks and Caicos Islands further self-government, while at the same time incorporating provisions enabling the Government to fulfil their responsibilities for the territory.