British Overseas Territories: International Negotiations — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:04 pm on 13 July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour 3:04, 13 July 2009

My Lords, does my noble friend agree that there is a case for a wider review of the position of our overseas territories, given that the Turks and Caicos Islands are subject to direct rule from the United Kingdom because of events there? Given the problems in relation to the use of overseas territories as tax havens, as well as the remarkable issue raised by the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, is it not about time that overall, comprehensive consideration was given to the role of the overseas territories, their constitution and their future?