House of Lords written question – answered on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage caused on 4 February by the landslide on the Hill of Difficulty on Pitcairn.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Two engineering experts were despatched to Pitcairn soon after the tropical storm and resulting landslides. Their initial assessment is that the cleared road on the Hill of Difficulty is safe for use but that caution should be exercised during heavy rains. Some structures and hillsides on other areas of the island will require repair or preventative work. A full report is expected when the engineers return to New Zealand and, in the meantime, the island's Public Works Department is pressing ahead with works that can be done using island tools and resources.

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