Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister, Sir Alan Duncan, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, on the future of the people of the Chagos Islands.
Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, responded to the statement on behalf of the opposition.
House of Commons Library analysis
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The Library has published a briefing paper on disputes over the British Indian Ocean Territory which contains more information.
About Urgent Questions
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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