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Colonies and Dependent Territories

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the total cost and any other subventions paid from United Kingdom public funds to the (a) defence, (b) administration, (c) economic and social generation and (d) promotion of interest for each colony or dependent territory in each of the last five years.

Mr. Baldry: The total amount paid from United Kingdom public funds to the dependent territories over the past five financial years is estimated to be in the region of £1 billion.

To provide a breakdown per subject and territory, as requested by the hon. Member, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the total contribution to imperial functions and services paid to the Exchequer from the local governments by each of the colonies or dependent territories over each of the last five years; and if he will list the contributions made towards the cost of (a) defence, (b) the civil list and (c) consular and other services provided by his Department abroad.

Mr. Baldry: The total contribution to United Kingdom public funds made by the dependent territories over the past five financial years is estimated to be £382 million.

To provide a breakdown per territory and subject heading, as requested by the hon. Member, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by which method voters in the colonies and dependent territories are able to influence (a) foreign policy, (b) defence policy and (c) policing policy; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Baldry: All three policy areas fall within the reserve powers of the governors of dependent territories, as laid down in the respective constitutions.


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However, control of the individual budgets for some of these powers rests with the elected local government--for example, the police budget in the Caribbean dependent territories--and this allows the electorate to influence policy decisions. Members of legislative councils may appeal to the governor in respect of decisions relating to his reserve powers and in some territories the governor takes advice from statutory advisory bodies and public committees, for example, the Police Complaints Committee in Hong Kong.

Governors have authority to delegate aspects of their reserve powers to elected Ministers, examples of which include certain policing matters in Bermuda and contacts with regional organisations in Anguilla and Montserrat.

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of all the governors of the colonies and dependent territories, with the names and functions of each official member of the local government or legislature who are appointed by his Department or governor.

Mr. Baldry: The following are the names of the governors of the dependent territories and the names of official members of the government or legislature appointed by governors:

Anguilla

Governor: Alan W. Shave, CVO, OBE

Deputy Governor and ex-officio member of the House of Assembly: Harry McCrory, LVO, OBE

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the House of Assembly: Kurt DeFreitas

Second Nominated Member to the House of Assembly (Governor's appointee): Vacant

British Indian Ocean Territory

Commissioner: David Maclennan (non-resident)

Turks and Caicos Islands

Governor: Martin Bourke

Chief Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Assembly: Roger Cousins

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: David Ballantyne

Second Nominated member of the Legislature Assembly (Governor's appointee): Vacant

Montserrat

Governor: Frank Savage, LVO, OBE

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Assembly: Mrs. Gertel Thom

Financial Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Assembly: Charles John

First Nominated Member of the Legislature Assembly (Governor's appointee): Frank Edwards

Cayman Islands

Governor: Michael Gore, CVO, OBE

Chief Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Assembly: James Ryan, MBE, JP

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Assembly: Richard Coles

Financial Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Assembly: George McCarthy, OBE, JP

British Virgin Islands

Governor: Peter Penfold, OBE

Deputy Governor and Chief Secretary: Elton Georges

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: Mrs. Dancia Penn


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Bermuda

Governor and Commander-in-Chief: The right hon. Lord Waddington, D,L QC

President of the Senate: Senator Albert Jackson MBE, (Appointed by the Governor)

Vice President of the Senate: Senator Norma Astwood (appointed by the Governor)

Senator Alfred Oughton, MBE, Governor's nominated member in the Senate.

Pitcairn Islands

Governor: Robert Alston CMG (resides in Wellington)

Member of Island Council (voting): Mrs Betty Christian

Member of the Island Council (non-voting): Mrs Phillipa Foley Gibralter

Governor and Commander-in-Chief: Field Marshall Sir John Chapple, GCB, CBE

Deputy Governor: A. Carter

Acting Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: P. Dean

Financial Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: B. Traynor

Hong Kong

Governor: The Rt Hon Christopher Patten

Chief Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: Mrs Anson Chan, CBE, KBE, JP

Financial Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: Sir Hamish Macleod, KBE, JP

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: J. F. Matthews, CMG, JP

Falkland Islands

Governor: D. E. Tatham, CMG

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: D. Lang, CBE, QC

Financial Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: D. Howatt

Chief Executive and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: A Gurr.

St.Helena

Governor and Commander-in-Chief: A. N. Hoole, OBE

Chief Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: J. G. Perrott

Financial Secretary and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: R. J. Perrott

Attorney General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council: D. J. Jerimiah

Ascension Island

Administrator: B. N. Connelly (appointed by the FCO)

Tristan da Cunha

Administrator: B. Dalley (appointed by the FCO)

Member of the Island Council: Mrs. J. Green

Member of the Island Council: D. Rogers

Member of the Island Council: S. Swain

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Commissioner: D. E. Tatham CMG (appointed by FCO)

Asst Commissioner: C. S. Shelton (Appointed by FCO)

Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his most recent estimate of the population of each colony or dependent territory excluding Hong Kong, with the total population.


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Mr. Baldry: The most recent estimates of the population of each colony or dependent territory, excluding Hong Kong, are as follows:


Territory                         |Population           

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Anguilla                          |9,000                

Ascension Island                  |1,132                

Bermuda                           |70,000               

British Antarctic Territory       |Nil                  

British Indian Ocean Territory<1> |3,500                

British Virgin Islands            |17,000               

Cayman Islands                    |30,000               

Falkland Islands                  |2,120                

Gibraltar                         |29,000               

Montserrat                        |11,000               

Pitcairn Islands                  |54                   

St. Helena                        |5,390                

Tristan da Cunha                  |294                  

Turks and Caicos Islands          |14,000               

                                                        

Total (including Hong Kong)       |6,212,490            

Tivar to Bari Ferry

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response has been made by the international community to the assertion by the President of Albania regarding the use made by Serbia of the Tivar to Bari ferry route; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Davis: We are not aware of such an assertion. According to the international sanctions monitors there is no ferry service operating between Tivar and Bari. The only service operating under UN Security Council resolution 943 is that which links the ports of Bar and Bari.

Refugee Camps (Zaire)

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which countries the United Nations appealed for troops to police Rwanda refugee camps in Zaire; and what was the response.

Mr. Goodlad: The United Nations approached a total of 60 potential troop-contributing nations seeking troops to police the Rwandan refugee camps in Zaire. Of those 60, we understand that only one responded positively. A list of the countries concerned is not available.

Sierra Leone

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he is currently giving to British citizens in Sierra Leone.

Mr. Baldry: We have advised British citizens that dependents, and those with no pressing need to stay, should leave the country as soon as possible. We are monitoring developments closely, and will review our advice in the light of changing circumstances.

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the present security situation in Sierra Leone.

Mr. Baldry: Over the last few weeks there has been a substantial increase in attacks on people and property over a large area of Sierra Leone with many reported deaths. At least 17 foreign citizens including six Britons are being


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held captive. We have advised British citizens with no pressing need to remain to consider leaving the country. We continue to follow the situation closely and are working for the release of those held captive. We are also responding to requests for emergency aid for those who have been displaced by the latest fighting.

Civil Servants, Hong Kong

Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent discussions with the Chinese Government concerning the pensions of Hong Kong civil servants after 1997.

Mr. Goodlad: The Hong Kong Government intend to establish a HK$7 billion pension reserve fund to reinforce existing statutory pension safeguards and the guarantees in the Sino-British joint declaration on the continued payment of Hong Kong public service pensions. This subject has been discussed by the British and Chinese Governments in the Sino-British joint liaison group.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Mr. Lester: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further representations he will make to the Government of Burma for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mr. Goodlad: The continued detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi without charge is indefensible. We have repeatedly called for her early and unconditional release. We will continue to express our concerns directly to the State Law and Order Restoration Council and through the relevant international forums.

Burma

Mr. Lester: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has to review Her Majesty's Government trade policy in respect of Burma.

Mr. Goodlad: Our policy with Burma is kept under regular review. For the present we ensure that British firms are aware of trade opportunities not covered by the EU arms embargo. But we offer no financial support to them.

Mr. Lester: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Government of Burma to end their offensive against the Karen ethnic group.

Mr. Goodlad: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) on 3 February, at column 883.

Ian Greer

Mr. Campbell-Savours: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many items he has received from Ian Greer in each week of the last month.

Mr. Goodlad: To my knowledge there were none.


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Foreign Affairs Council

Mr. Day: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council on 23 to 24 January.


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