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Pitcairn Islands

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has put in place evacuation plans for the inhabitants of the Pitcairn Islands in the event of a natural disaster. (242824)

Every Foreign and Commonwealth Office post is required to have an emergency plan which sets out the procedures to take in case of an emergency. Pitcairn’s was updated in May 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the last occasion was on which a representative of his Department met an (a) inhabitant and (b) official of the Pitcairn Islands. (242825)

I met with Leslie Jaques, Pitcairn’s Commissioner, during the Overseas Territories Consultative Council which was held in London in October 2008. An officer from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office lives on Pitcairn and officials from the governor’s office in Wellington are in daily contact with the Pitcairn community and administrative offices in Auckland.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people have migrated to and from the Pitcairn Islands in each of the last five years. (242827)

Our records show that two people migrated to Pitcairn in 2004, two people in 2005, one person in 2006, and four people in 2007. No people have officially migrated from the island in the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote conservation schemes and preserve biodiversity in the Pitcairn Islands; and which endangered bird species inhabit the Islands. (242828)

The Government, through the Overseas Territories Environment Programme, is currently providing between £97,537 between 2007 and 2010 for a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds-run feasibility study into the eradication of rats from Henderson Island, a world heritage site. The fund has been used in the past for a number of projects including the production of a Management Plan for Henderson Island.

According to the 2008 ‘Red List’ produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, seven species of birds in the Pitcairn group are considered to be vulnerable or endangered. These are the Henderson crake, Henderson fruit-dove, Henderson lorikeet, Henderson petrel, Henderson reed-warbler, Phoenix petrel and Pitcairn reed-warbler.