Skip to main content

Chagos Islands

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, following the refusal by the Court of Appeal to grant leave to appeal to the House of Lords against the judgment of the Court of Appeal on 23 May dismissing the Government's appeal against the cancellation by the Divisional Court of two Orders in Council on the right of abode of the Chagossian people in their homeland, they propose to petition the House of Lords for leave to appeal; and whether they accept the decisions of the courts to date. [HL3981]

My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary will consider the 23 May judgment of the Court of Appeal carefully and has in this regard asked officials for further advice. My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary reserves the right to petition the House of Lords to grant permission to appeal, as she is entitled to do within one month. The Government's policy in relation to the British Indian Ocean Territory therefore remains the subject of possible ongoing legal proceedings and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will take measures to facilitate the return of the Chagos islanders; and create a trust fund to help to revive the economy of the Chagos Islands. [HL3982]

My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary will consider the 23 May judgment of the Court of Appeal carefully and has in this regard asked officials for further advice. My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary reserves the right to petition the House of Lords to grant permission to appeal, as she is entitled to do within one month. The Government's policy in relation to the British Indian Ocean Territory therefore remains the subject of possible ongoing legal proceedings and it would be inappropriate to comment further.