New Clause 5 - Report

Part of British Overseas Territories Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 6th December 2001.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring Conservative, West Suffolk 11:15 am, 6th December 2001

I endorse the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Windsor in saying that the Minister has been unfailingly courteous and helpful during our proceedings. Although we will not press the matter further, I hope that efforts will be made to keep hon. Members informed about progress following the successful passage of the Bill. As he has reflected and we have noted, there is huge interest in and concern for the overseas territories, and it is important that the Bill's effect on citizenship is monitored and that we give the overseas territories a view on our relationship with them. I hope that we can get a commitment from the Minister and the Foreign Office on that, although it will not be as specific as we wanted.