Ascension Island

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2007.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson in the Lords (Civil Liberties), Home Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Africa), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Who are the members of the governor's advisory group on Ascension Island; what are their terms of reference; and how they reconcile the appointment of the body with the principles of democracy.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Government Whip

The members of the advisory group are Cyril Leo, Ray Ellick, Mal Moss JP, Stedson Stroud MBE JP and Ian Coverdale. The purpose of the group is to advise the governor on policies and proposed legislation which impact on the lives of those working and living on Ascension Island. It will have no executive power. The formation of the group is an interim measure designed to help ensure continuing good governance of Ascension during the temporary suspension of the Island Council (Ascension) Ordinance 2002. It in no way replaces the island council for which we intend to hold elections early next year.

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