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Falkland Islands: Air Routes

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has received on the proposed pricing scheme for the Falkland Islands Airbridge under the provisions of the Joint Policy Statement agreed between his Department and the Ministry of Defence. (240778)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence have yet to agree the new Joint Policy Statement on the South Atlantic Airbridge. I have relayed the Falklands Islands Government’s suggested alternative pricing arrangements to the Minister for the armed forces. I look forward to resolving this issue so that the negotiations can be concluded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations were carried out by his Department on the proposed pricing scheme for the Falkland Islands Airbridge under the provisions of the Joint Policy Statement agreed between his Department and the Ministry of Defence; and if he will make a statement. (240779)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence have yet to agree the new Joint Policy Statement on the South Atlantic Airbridge. The FCO has consulted fully with the governments of the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and St. Helena, plus the Department for International Development, as part of these negotiations, and ensure that they have been able to participate in the negotiations.