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House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd April 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 27 March (WA 251), what are their differences of opinion with Pitcairn's locally elected Government.

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)

Governance on Pitcairn consists of an elected Island Council which works with, and advises, the Governor, who exercises executive authority. These arrangements are clearly set out in the Pitcairn constitution. It is entirely appropriate, and healthy, for there to be different views on different issues within the Government of Pitcairn and between the Island Council and the British Government. It would be inappropriate, however, to detail those individual issues which form a frank but productive dialogue.

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