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Airport in St Helena

Asked whether the Prime Minister was happy with taxpayer’s money being used to build new airports, the PMS replied that the decision had been made by the International Development Secretary today. The PMS added that the Government had to think long and hard about this decision and that it considered the economic benefits. The PMS said that considering St Helena was a Crown dependency, it was better to build the airport than to have to meet other costs in the longer term. The PMS said that the aim was to help St Helena to get back on its feet and become self-reliant.

Asked about the costs to build this airport the PMS referred people to the Department for International Development.

Asked whether the Prime Minister had been lobbied to build this new airport, the PMS said that generally speaking the Government is lobbied on many different issues by many different people. When it came to making decisions all of the facts were taken into account to make a decision that was appropriate.

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