Financial Security and Reducing Inequality in the Caribbean: Government Role — [Philip Davies in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:36 am on 8th March 2023.

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Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) 10:36 am, 8th March 2023

As always, it is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Mr Davies. I congratulate Clive Lewis on securing this important debate. It has been good to hear the views of colleagues, and to recognise those who have joined us today in the audience, notably His Excellency the high commissioner for St Kitts and Nevis—the island that I think has had more mentions than any other—and the Trevelyan family. I feel at a bit of a disadvantage, because I have not been to that country and I do not have any diaspora in my Macclesfield constituency.

I am grateful to Fabian Hamilton for his contribution, which was, as always, very considered, and I will come to some of the points that he made. He described Denzil Douglas in quite a—