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|Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory|
Coat of Arms of the British Antarctic Territory
Standard of the Commissioner
|Appointer||Elizabeth II |
as Queen of the United Kingdom
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||Edwin Porter Arrowsmith |
First High Commissioner M. Baker Bates
|Deputy||Ms Jane Rumble |
The Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory (BAT), is the head of government in the Antarctic Territory of the United Kingdom. As one of the British Overseas Territories, the commissioner is appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The British Antarctic Territory was established as a separate British overseas territory in 1962. Originally from 1962 to 1990, a High Commissioner was appointed to oversee the territory who was also Governor of the Falkland Islands. In 1990, administration of the BAT was transferred to a Commissioner based in London.
Since 1998, the Commissioner of the BAT has also served as Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory.
Prior to 1962, the area was a part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies and as such was administered by the Governor of the Falkland Islands
(also Governors of the Falkland Islands)
(non-resident; based in London)
World Statesmen: British Antarctic Territory. Accessed 4 April 2007.