To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will submit their observations on the admissibility and merits of Application no. 35622/04 Chagos Islanders v the United Kingdom at the European Court of Human Rights before the deadline of 17 July; and whether they are considering a friendly settlement, as suggested by the President of the Grand Chamber. [HL4854]
I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave to the noble Lord, Lord Luce, on 30 June 2009 (Official Report, col. WA31). As the noble Lord will be aware, we do not discuss the details of legal pleadings in cases to which we are a party while they are in the process of formulation. It would be inappropriate, therefore, to discuss the Government's response in advance.