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St Helena

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the issues of concern regarding access to St Helena on which his Department is in discussions with the Treasury are; when negotiations are expected to resume; and if he will make a statement. (242390)

We announced on 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 40WS, that there will be a pause in negotiations over the St. Helena Airport contract. We anticipate that this pause will continue into the new year. This is to allow ongoing discussions, including on value for money of St. Helena access options; particularly in light of the changed economic climate.