St. Helena: Airports

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 28th January 2009.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on access to St. Helena after the planned retirement from service in 2010 of RMS St. Helena; what the consequences for that policy are of the decision to postpone the St. Helena airport project; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 14 January 2009, Hansard, columns 836-37W, to my hon. Friend Meg Munn.

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Robert Midwinter
Posted on 29 Jan 2009 6:29 pm (Report this annotation)

The answer to which the PUS refers was as follows:

"No decision has yet been made on the project.

The pause is to allow analysis and discussion, including with ministerial colleagues, of the affordability of options and their implications for access to St. Helena in light of the changed economic limatec."

This is yet another typical non-answer by HMG that serves to only create yet further despair amongst those "British people" living on this Island, who have been living on promises for the past 7 years, I guess that when the PM wrote his New Year Message he forgot that WE TOO are those very "British people" to whom he was referring...!

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