Executive Council met today, Tuesday 25 November 2014, to consider three items on the open agenda.
The first item was the Civil Aviation (Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations. These Regulations relate to the Civil Aviation Act Overseas Territories Order 2011 which is a UK Statutory Instrument. The Regulations will allow us to comply with international requirements for the investigation of air accidents and incidents.
Executive Council approved the Regulations in order to meet accreditation requirements for St Helena Airport. Further publicity will follow on this and other Regulations relating to the Airport.
The second item was the Minerals Vesting Bill. This Bill extends the mineral area in, on or under the ocean surrounding St Helena from 12 to 200 miles. As this protects the future economic development of the Island, Executive Council agreed for this Bill to be presented as Government Business at the next Formal Legislative Council on Thursday 11 December.
The third item was the Aerodrome Charges Regulations 2014. These Regulations relate to the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013, another UK Statutory Instrument. Charges will be levied on Airport users, including for landing, navigation and passenger services – to contribute to the operational costs of the Airport.
Executive Council approved the Regulations.
As this was Acting Attorney General Morag Stevenson’s last Executive Council meeting, she was thanked for her valuable contribution. The new Attorney General, Nicola Moore, will take office on Thursday 27 November and Executive Council looks forward to working with her.
The meeting ended at 10.15am. Thank you for listening.
25 November 2014