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Turks and Caicos Islands

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 4 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the purpose of the inquiry set up to investigate opposition claims in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and when the results of the inquiry will be published. [HL5522]

I refer the noble Lord to the Written Ministerial Statement (Official Report, cols. 14WS) made by my honourable friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Meg Munn) on 15 July. In light of the damage caused by Hurricane Ike in September, the governor of the Turks and Caicos has announced that after careful consideration and consultation with members of the commission, he has extended the time for the commission of inquiry to present a preliminary report by a further 15 weeks, to 16 February 2009.