Ascension Island

House of Lords written question – answered at on 30 July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to update the agreement with the government of the United States on the use of Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island to allow international flights to and from St Helena to use Wideawake Airfield (1) as a staging point, and (2) as an alternative or diversionary landing site.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Negotiations are underway with the Government of the United States over the use of the Wideawake airstrip as a diversionary landing site for international flights to and from St Helena.

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