§ Mr. Jonathan Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Minister for Overseas Development last met her EC colleagues to discuss development issues; and what was decided.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
My right hon. and noble Friend the Minister for Overseas Development attended the Development Council in Brussels on 25 May. The Council agreed on future work to improve the co-ordination of EC development policies, starting with poverty and health issues. It agreed resolutions on emergency assistance, rehabilitation in some sub-Saharan African countries, South Africa and on human rights, democracy and development. The Council also discussed the situation in a number of specific African countries, the follow-up to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, women in development and population policy.