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Overseas Territories: Adult Homosexual Acts

Volume 620: debated on Thursday 21 December 2000

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether measures have been taken or are being contemplated in each of the Overseas Territories to abolish criminal liability for adult homosexual acts done in private. [HL183]

Consensual homosexual acts between adults in private remains a criminal offence in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Monserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands. No measures to de-criminalise these acts have been taken or are being contemplated in those Territories. However, an Order in Council to do so was made by Her Majesty at the Privy Council meeting on the 13 December 2000 and will come into force on 1 January 2001.

asked Her Majesty's Government:In which Overseas Territories adult homosexual acts remain illegal. [HL185]

None after 1 January 2001. I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave today to his earlier question (HL183).