House of Lords written question – answered on 11 March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any issues are negatively affecting the relationship of the United Kingdom with the Government of Anguilla; and, if so, what are those issues.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Chief Minister of Anguilla, Hubert Hughes, has been critical of the Government and the Governor, in particular over what he regards as historical injustices, but we continue to have a strong relationship with the Government of Anguilla. Anguilla is facing economic and fiscal challenges and the Government are working with the Government of Anguilla to help strengthen good governance, financial management and economic planning, in line with our strategy set out in the 2012 White Paper on the Overseas Territories.

When the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my honourable friend Mr Simmonds, met Mr Hughes during a visit to Anguilla in October 2012, and at the joint ministerial council in December 2012, he reiterated the Government's desire to work in partnership with him and his government to increase economic growth and private investment in the territory. The Government will continue to look at ways to support Anguilla. We have, for example, recently agreed to provide significant funding to help create a vocational training centre at the community college in Anguilla.

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