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Pitcairn Islands

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has plans to improve (a) transport links between the United Kingdom and the Pitcairn Islands and (b) facilities for (i) tourism and (ii) healthcare on the Islands; and whether his Department plans to promote investment by businesses on the Islands. (242826)

Plans are well advanced to introduce a new passenger and freight shipping service for Pitcairn in 2009. This would make access to the island more frequent and predictable. Tourism development is important for Pitcairn’s future prosperity. We are considering plans to improve landing facilities, particularly for cruise ship passengers, and will work with the community to help develop more professional tourist services and standards.

We fund through the Pitcairn Government a small loan scheme which some Pitcairners have used to start up tourist and other small businesses. External business interest is more limited but we have encouraged fishing, tourist and trading opportunities where they exist. The DFID funded Adamstown Healthcentre, and expatriate doctor, offer good health services to the community.