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Ascension Island

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has held with the Ascension Island council on budgetary aid from his Department in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (106823)

DFID does not have a programme of general assistance to Ascension Island. No such discussions have therefore taken place.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what visits were made to Ascension Island by officials in his Department since 2004; and what the purpose was of each visit. (106824)

DFID’s environment adviser for the Overseas Territories visited Ascension Island in October 2004, June 2005 and November 2006 to monitor projects funded under the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP) and to provide other conservation advice.

Other than OTEP, for which all Overseas Territories are eligible, DFID does not have a programme of assistance to Ascension Island. However, officials responsible for managing DFID’s programme in St. Helena regularly pass through Ascension Island in transit to or from St. Helena.