§ Dr. Lynne Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the Government's schedule for ratification of the desertification convention; and what additional resources will be committed to it. 
§ Mr. Baldry
We have no specific schedule. We intend to ratify concurrently with other EU and OECD countries. The level of resources committed will depend significantly on the priority given by our developing country partners to projects to combat desertification, in relation to their other proposals for funding from our aid programme.