§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
The United States Base on Ascension is provided free from rent and charges to the US Space Command under the terms of the Agreement between the UK and US Governments Concerning the Extension of the Bahamas Long Range Proving Ground by the Establishment of Additional Sites in Ascension Island signed in 1956, as amended.
Wideawake Airfield, which forms part of the US Base, is a key link in the RAF airbridge to the Falkland Islands. We are currently negotiating with the US Government to allow the use of Wideawake by civil charter flights. If these negotiations are successful this will improve access to both Ascension and St. Helena, some 700 miles away.123W
Until we reach agreement with the US Government over the future use of the airfield no figures on any resulting levels of income and expenditure are available.