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Progress in reviewing policy on resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory

Statement made on 24 March 2015

Statement UIN HLWS440

Statement

My Honourable Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (James Duddridge) has made the following written Ministerial statement:

My Right Honourable Friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr Hugo Swire) informed the House on 10 February 2015 of the next steps in the Government’s review of its resettlement policy in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), following completion, on schedule, of an independent feasibility study. The study found there was not a clear indication of likely demand for resettlement, and costs and liabilities to the UK taxpayer were uncertain and potentially significant. Ministers have now agreed that further work should proceed to address these fundamental uncertainties to a point that a decision on the way ahead is possible.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Progress in reviewing policy on resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory
James Duddridge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Conservative, Rochford and Southend East
Statement made 24 March 2015
HCWS461
Commons