British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Environment

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his officials have duties associated with enforcing the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Islands) Marine Protected Area.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

There are a number of officials of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) who have duties associated with the enforcement of the BIOT Marine Protected Area.

The BIOT Commissioner is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen by instructions through a Secretary of State. Mr Colin Roberts (Director of the FCO's Overseas Territories Directorate (OTD)) is the current BIOT Commissioner.

Under section 7 of the BIOT (Constitution) Order 2004, the Commissioner appoints a Commissioner's Representative, a Deputy Commissioner and a BIOT Administrator. There is in addition an Assistant Administrator.

The current Commissioner's representative is a Royal Navy commander appointed by the Ministry of Defence as Commander British Forces at BIOT. The Deputy Commissioner and the BIOT Administrator are currently members of OTD.

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