[Mr. George Howarth in the Chair] — British Indian Ocean Territory

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 10th March 2010.

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Photo of John Grogan John Grogan Labour, Selby 9:30 am, 10th March 2010

Does my hon. Friend agree that the Prime Minister of Mauritius hit the nail on the head in asking:

"How can you say you will protect coral and fish when you continue to violate the rights of Chagos's former inhabitants?"?

A less generous man than my hon. Friend might say that what is happening could be interpreted as a cynical move to negate any possible judgment of the European Court later this year.