HC Deb 11 May 2001 vol 368 cc391-2W
Dr. Marek

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy to ensure an air strip is available in St Helena(a) at the same time and (b) before one becomes available at Pitcairn. [160859]

Clare Short

We are currently waiting for the results of a Comparative Study of Air and Sea Access to identify the least cost solution to St. Helena's future international passenger and cargo transport needs. The final report is expected shortly and its recommendations will then need to be discussed with the St. Helena Government. The results of that study cannot be prejudiced and no presumption can be made that it will lead to support being offered for the provision of an airfield.

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