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St Helena: Airports

International Development written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of St Helena of his decision to grant funding for a new airport.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

A full feasibility study was undertaken in 2005 which looked in detail at the impact on the economy of introducing air access to St Helena. This was reviewed in 2010. These studies show that an airport provides the best chance to reduce St Helena's dependence on UK aid. St Helena Government is currently reviewing its tax, investment, immigration and land policies and is enacting reforms in these and other areas. This is being done to encourage investment and private sector activity so that St Helena can take full advantage of the opportunities an airport will bring.

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