[John Bercow in the Chair] — Overseas Territories

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:13 pm on 23rd April 2009.

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Photo of Greg Pope Greg Pope Labour, Hyndburn 3:13 pm, 23rd April 2009

One of the things that I found most shocking on Turks and Caicos was that citizens of a British overseas territory were afraid to be seen in public with Members of this House, afraid to give evidence and afraid even to be seen at a reception talking to us. The only other places I have been to on overseas visits where people were in fear of talking to me as a Member of Parliament are places such as the People's Republic of China. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that that was a shocking thing?