§ Mr. Rowlands
There is no permanent population in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and several of the islands of which it is made up are uninhabited. Apart from Diego Garcia, where there are United Kingdom and United States Service personnel, there are 80 people on Farquhar, 59 on Desroches and 24 on Aldabra. Those on Farquhar and Desroches are contract workers and their families from Seychelles employed on the copra plantations. Those on 383W Aldabra consist of 10 expatriate scientists and persons engaged in scientific work conducted by the Royal Society and 14 men, women and children from Seychelles assisting in this work.
Her Majesty's Government envisage no changes at present in the constitutional status of the BIOT.