§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if there are any plans to construct a new airfield on St. Helena; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Raison
The feasibility of constructing an airstrip on St. Helena for emergency use has been under review. Earlier this year the RAF carried out an aerial reconnaisance survey of a possible site on Prosperous Bay plain. Subsequent investigations, however, suggest that the cost, even for a limited use facility, would be very considerable. There are no plans to implement the proposal.