§ Mr. Greg Knight
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current situation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
§ Mr. Eggar
There is little to add to the statement that I made to the House on 25 July. The constitutional commission referred to in that statement was duly appointed on 15 September under Sir Roy Marshall a former vice-chancellor of Hull univerisity. The commission will assemble in the Turks and Caicos Islands on 5 November and is expected to conclude its review by the end of the year.
On 24 September, the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands acting on the instructions of the Secretary of State appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations about irregularities in the transfer of Crown land in 1983. The commissioner, Mr. Louis Blom-Cooper, QC, has already begun his investigations.