To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current status of direct rule in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and whether any charges have been brought against those mentioned in Sir Robin Auld's report into irregularities on the islands. [HL5616]
I refer the noble Lord to the Written Ministerial Statement made by my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Chris Bryant, on 12 October 2009 (Official Report, col. WS 14).
The special investigation and prosecution team have presented their initial scoping project to the governor. No charges have yet been brought against any individuals mentioned in the commission of inquiry's report.