British Overseas Territories

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist elected representatives in the United Kingdom Overseas Territories to carry out their duties efficiently and responsibly.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The UK remains committed to promoting good governance in the Overseas Territories as set out in the July 2012 White Paper. We work closely with the elected representatives of the territories. UK Ministers and elected leaders of the Overseas Territories meet annually for the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in London to discuss progress in improving governance and agree a Communiqué with new commitments for the coming year. In addition, UK Ministers have frequent contact with Overseas Territories throughout the year.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Cabinet Office are working with the Territories to promote the establishment and implementation of codes of conduct for ministers and elected officials including the Seven Principles of Public Life. In December 2014, all Territory governments which do not yet have codes of conduct in place committed to introducing them.

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