§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures she proposes to(a) increase the standard of living of the residents of St. Helena and (b) improve access to St. Helena; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Clare Short
The framework for St. Helena's development over the period 1997/98–1999/2000, and the level and scope of HMG development assistance, is set out in the Country Policy Plan agreed by HMG and the St. Helena Government in 1997 (a copy of which is in the Library). A new Country Policy Plan (CPP), for the period 2000/01–2003/04, is scheduled to be agreed by the end of 1999. Discussions on the new CPP and on access issues will take place on St. Helena between 2-10 December 1999.