British Indian Ocean Territory: Ilois

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th October 2018.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2018 to Question 163140, what progress his Department has made on that consideration; and when the Chagos Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages is planned to be publicly available.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The status of the Chagos Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and where they may ultimately be deposited, is still under consideration as part of the department's ongoing programme of records appraisal. To put this in context, there are around 600,000 non-standard files held the in the FCO Archives, along with around the same number of standard departmental files. FCO Archives Management Team has a rolling programme of considering these files for transfer to The National Archives (TNA), which is based on an agreed prioritisation.

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