§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has for improving the performance of the multilateral development banks at the OECD December environmental meeting; and if he will publish voting figures.
§ Mrs. Chalker
We continue to urge multilateral development banks to integrate environmental considerations fully into all their operations and to strengthen their professional expertise where appropriate.
In addition, at the OECD aid and environment ministerial meeting on 2 and 3 December, I intend to propose that regional development banks follow the lead of the World bank in undertaking not to finance logging projects in primary tropical moist forests.