Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 23 November 2023.

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Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Labour, Barking

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department plans to report on (a) any decisions reached and (b) points in discussions from the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council on 26 and 27 November 2023.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

At the November Joint Ministerial Council, the UK Government agreed a Declaration with the elected Governments of the Overseas Territories (OTs), providing a new framework for our relationship with the OTs that is based on our shared values, and is fit for the 21st Century. A Written Ministerial Statement on the Declaration will be made once it has been approved by the Cabinets and Executive Councils of the OT.

The UK and OTs also discussed the timeline for implementation of publicly accessible registers of beneficial ownership. Intensive discussions continue and we have made progress with the majority of the OTs. We will inform Parliament of the outcome of these discussions before recess.

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