Results 1–20 of 36 for chagos speaker:Henry Smith

Windrush Compensation Scheme (9 Apr 2019)

Henry Smith: In addition to the Windrush compensation, can my right hon. Friend say when we will see pay-outs for the Chagos compensation scheme, which was set several years ago at £40 million to that exiled community over 10 years?

Windrush Scheme (5 Feb 2019)

Henry Smith: ...heard, it was a Labour Government who started destroying the landing cards of the Windrush generation. It was also a Labour Government who, under the Harold Wilson regime, forcibly exiled the Chagos islanders from the British Indian Ocean territory. As a result, members of the second and subsequent generations of the Chagos community do not have British citizenship. Will my right hon....

Immigration: Dna Tests (25 Oct 2018)

Henry Smith: ...for consideration tomorrow, in the provisions of the new nationality legislation? They would give British citizenship to people descended from British subjects who were forcibly removed from the Chagos Islands in the late 1960s.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Sep 2018)

Henry Smith: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment as Foreign Secretary two months ago. I would be grateful if he committed to reviewing the resettlement of the Chagos islands, the British Indian Ocean Territory, by the native islanders.

Windrush (30 Apr 2018)

Henry Smith: Similar to the Windrush situation is the plight of the Chagos community, who were exiled from the British Indian Ocean Territory under the Wilson Administration. Will my right hon. Friend agree to meet me to look at my British Indian Ocean Territory (Citizenship) Bill, which is currently before the House, with a view to righting this injustice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: British Indian Ocean Territory (Citizenship) (16 Jan 2018)

Henry Smith: ...from individuals born in the British Indian Ocean Territory to register as British overseas territories citizens; and for connected purposes. This Bill will allow individuals descended from the Chagos Islands to register as British citizens in recognition of the fact that their parents and grandparents were forcibly exiled from that UK overseas territory. It seeks to ensure a measure of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ilois: Compensation (10 Jul 2017)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the £40 million compensation package for the exiled Chagos Islands community will be allocated (a) in Crawley constituency and (b) across the UK.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ilois: Finance (24 Nov 2016)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16 November 2016, WS260, how he plans to use the £40 million offered in support of the Chagos Islands community over the next 10 years (a) generally and (b) to benefit the UK Chagossian population in Crawley constituency.

Chagos Islands (17 Nov 2016)

Henry Smith: It has been my privilege, since 2010, to represent one of the largest communities of the Chagos Islands anywhere in the world—it is certainly larger than that on the Chagos Islands. I have pursued this issue since before being elected to this place and it has been my honour to do so. I believe that the Chagos islanders have a right of return, and I am very disappointed with yesterday’s...

British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Islands — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Henry Smith: It is a pleasure to serve once again under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. As a vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the Chagos islands, I thank and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) on securing this important debate. About three decades ago, I remember reading a book that outlined, chapter by chapter, all the remaining British overseas...

British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Islands — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Henry Smith: I thank the former Minister for overseas territories for the attention that he has always given the issue. I can answer the last part first by saying that yes, the Chagos islanders would very much like to live and work in their homeland, but I am not aware of any employment opportunities being offered by the US authorities or the British authorities, who are also present on the island. Other...

British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Islands — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Henry Smith: ...position to set conditions for the United States. If it wants to renew its military presence on Diego Garcia for a further 20 years, the US should help us facilitate a right of return for the Chagos islanders.

British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Islands — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Henry Smith: I am grateful for the interest that my hon. Friend is showing in this debate. I have yet to meet a Chagos islander or somebody of Chagos descent who does not want the right of return. I think hundreds of people, or possibly a few thousand, want to return. However, the important thing is the principle of being allowed to return. As for the makeup of the current population on Diego Garcia, it...

British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Islands — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Henry Smith: ...is a small fraction of the overseas aid budget. As my hon. Friend the Member for Romford says, the British overseas territories have first call on that budget. In conclusion, there is no reason why Chagos islanders should not have the right of return. We cannot turn back time and we cannot undo the past four and a half decades, but we can put things right now. Time is running out with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2016)

Henry Smith: Following the Government-commissioned study into the resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory, when do Ministers envisage making a decision on the resettlement of the Chagos islanders?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Jun 2016)

Henry Smith: Unfortunately, earlier this morning the Supreme Court ruled against a right of return for the Chagos islanders to their homeland. I know that my right hon. Friend will be pleased that I will not be pestering him much more on this issue, but may I suggest that a fine legacy of his premiership would be to allow these British citizens to return to their homeland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Apr 2016)

Henry Smith: With the President of the United States visiting the UK later this week, may I ask my right hon. Friend to raise the issue of the Chagos islanders? In a report last year, the Government rightly concluded that the islanders have a right of resettlement. Given the US military presence on Diego Garcia, will he raise the case of US assistance for the right of return of the Chagos islanders to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (23 Feb 2016)

Henry Smith: ...presence on Diego Garcia for a further 20 years, what discussions is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office planning to have with Washington about helping to facilitate the right of return of the Chagos islanders to the British Indian Ocean Territory?

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (3 Dec 2015)

Henry Smith: ...the Government on introducing a feasibility study into the resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory. Will my hon. Friend update the House on when a decision on the resettlement of the Chagos islanders might be known, so that they can join the overseas territories family?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ilois: Resettlement (24 Nov 2015)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department plans to make an announcement regarding resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory by Chagos islanders.


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