British Indian Ocean Territory: Coinage

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Treasury's news story of 6 January 2019 New pound coin goes global with rollout to British overseas nations, whether his Department has any plans to design and mint a £1 coin celebrating the heritage of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

We recognise the importance of the heritage of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and its biodiversity as one of the last undisturbed ecosystems in the world. Although the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration does mint commemorative coins, it does not have plans to mint one of the new £1 coins for BIOT.

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