HL Deb 19 December 2000 vol 620 c44WA
Lord Lester of Herne Hill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made in each of the overseas territories towards the abolition of capital punishment for the offences of treason and piracy. [HL111]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Capital punishment for treason and piracy was in force in all Caribbean Overseas Territories, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory and Gibraltar in March 1999 when theWhite Paper on Overseas Territories was published. Capital punishment for both offences has now been abolished in Bermuda, the British Indian Ocean Territory and all Caribbean Territories except in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Government are pursuing the question of abolition with the Turks and Caicos Islands authorities. The Government of Gibraltar have now abolished capital punishment for treason and are committed to abolishing capital punishment for piracy.

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