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Turks and Caicos Islands

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held with the new Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands since the resignation of the previous Premier and his cabinet, and what were the outcomes of any such meetings. [HL4914]

On 18 May 2009, my honourable friend, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs responsible for the Overseas Territories, Gillian Merron, met Premier Galmo Williams during his visit to London.

Ms Merron welcomed the Premier’s stated commitment to reform, but explained that the situation in the Turks and Caicos Islands was very serious. The severity of the interim report of the Commission of Inquiry was such that the UK had no choice but to take decisive action if the final report did not significantly alter our assessment of the situation.