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St Helena

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many inhabitants of St Helena have taken up residence in the United Kingdom in the last five years. [Official Report, 3 February 2009, Vol. 487, c. 7MC.] (240849)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not had any meetings with officials from St. Helena in the last two years. However, I had a constructive meeting with Councillor William Drabble during the Overseas Territories Consultative Council in October this year, and my hon. Friend, Meg Munn, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, met with Councillor Brian Isaacs at the same event in December 2007. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government officials are in regular contact with St. Helena officials.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit (a) St Helena, (b) Tristan da Cunha and (c) Ascension Islands in the next 12 months. (240878)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no plans to visit St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha or Ascension Island in the next 12 months.

My hon. Friend, the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Meg Munn) visited Ascension Island in January this year when she met with representatives of the employing organisations and private sector and former councillors.