Foreign Affairs Committee: Inquiry

Overseas Territories

The Foreign Affairs Committee announced on 5 July 2007 that it would carry out an inquiry into Overseas Territories. General information about inquiries and how the Committee operates can be found at


The main contact for this inquiry is Dr Rebecca Davies, Second Clerk of the Committee. Tel: 020 7219 3309. Email:

Evidence to the Inquiry

The Oral and Written Evidence submitted to the Inquiry is contained in the Report. Written evidence received since publication is published on our website.


The Committee's Report on Overseas Territories was published on 6 July 2008 as the Seventh Report of Session 2007-08, HC 147. See Report and accompanying press release for further details.

Among its key recommendations, the Committee urged the Government to hold a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption on the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Islands' Governor announced a Commission of Inquiry in July 2008. Committee's response to the announcement of a Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Following the Interim Report of the Sir Robin Auld's Commission of Inquiry, the Government announced it would make provision to suspend parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands' Constitution via a draft Order in Council. Unless Sir Robin's final report "significantly changes our current assessment of the situation", the Government expect that the draft Order in council will be brought into force as soon as the final report is received. The Committee welcomed the Government's action.

The Committee will continue to monitor the governance of the Overseas Territories.

Government Response

The Government's Response (Cm 7473) to the Committee's original Report was published in September 2008.

Westminster Hall Debate

The Committee's Report and the Government's response was debated in Westminster Hall (the House of Commons' Second Chamber) on 23 April 2009.

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