§ 26. Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made towards constructing an airport on the Island of St. Helena. 
§ Clare Short
I have agreed that my Department will finance a comparative study of air and sea access costs in order to identify the most cost-efficient permanent solution to the island's international passenger and cargo transportation needs. Terms of Reference for the study are 183W currently being prepared and will be agreed with the St. Helena Government. Consultants are expected to start work in the middle of the year.