Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Correspondence between the Chairman of the Committee and the Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Letter from the Chairman of the Committee to the Foreign Secretary

  Sir John Stanley has brought to the Committee's attention a letter from Warren Cabral, which is attached[12].

  Mr Cabral is concerned that the Bermuda constitution has been amended by Order in Council to allow the Bermuda Boundaries Commission to recommend changes to the electoral system in Bermuda, without a Constitutional Conference first being called, and without an undertaking to call such a conference before making further changes to the Constitution on the basis of the Boundaries Commission's recommendations.

  In the light of Mr Cabral's letter, the Committee has asked me to put the following questions to you:

    —  Why did Her Majesty's Government alter the Bermuda Constitution to extend the powers of the Bermuda Boundaries Commission without first convening a Constitutional Conference?

    —  Will Her Majesty's Government convene a Constitutional Conference before implementing any changes to Bermuda's electoral system?

    —  What precedents are there for amendment of the Bermuda Constitution without a Constitutional Conference first being convened?


Foreign Affairs Committee

9 May 2002

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