Progress in reviewing policy on resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory :Written statement - HCWS461

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 24 March 2015
Made by: James Duddridge (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Commons

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

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.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS440

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