Britain could be forced to bail out one or more of its offshore tax havens at huge cost, according to early drafts of a Treasury report, because the economic crisis has wrecked their finances.

Offshore expert Michael Foot will next month set out a number of options to government ministers in the report as anxiety grows within Whitehall over the health of Britain's overseas territories and crown dependencies.

Senior insiders say early drafts of Foot's report suggest that the government may need to make provisions for the financial failure of British tax havens. Experts suggest the failure of a major tax haven could potentially cost the UK tens, if not hundreds, of millions of pounds.

Government officials say they are aware that some British overseas territories are facing serious problems which could get worse. In the event of further economic deterioration, they could become failed states and be dragged into the illegal drugs trade, Whitehall insiders warn.

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