Ilois: Resettlement

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she intends to petition the House of Lords for leave to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal on 23 May regarding the Chagos Islands; what estimate she has made of the likely cost of such an appeal; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Foreign Secretary

I will consider the 23 May judgment of the Court of Appeal carefully and have in this regard asked officials for farther advice. I reserve the right to petition the House of Lords to grant permission to appeal, as I am entitled to do within one month.

The costs of a further appeal are estimated at £140,000.

The Government's policy in relation to the British Indian Ocean Territory therefore remains the subject of possible ongoing legal proceedings and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

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