Turks and Caicos

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th April 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the warning provided by the Embassy of the United States in the Bahamas to tourists visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands; and what representations they have made to the Government of the United States in relation to the issue.

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 Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands issued a statement on 13 March, noting that the islands benefit from one of the lowest levels of crime anywhere in the Caribbean but that the US had issued a notice in response to a very few serious incidents involving US citizens. The Governor also spoke to the US authorities on 13 March and highlighted the general low level of crime that exists in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continues to take vigorous action to tackle crime. On 23 April the force initiated actions to address concern about gun crime and reduce the number of guns in circulation.

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