HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 cc556-7W
18. Mr. Andrew George

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to ensure that the overseas aid budget is targeted for the benefit of the poorest people in less developed countries. [3873]

Clare Short

The Government are committed to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. We are developing coherent policies which promote real and lasting development for poor people. I am reviewing our existing spending programmes to ensure resources are focused on our central objective of eradicating poverty.

The Government will issue a White Paper in the autumn setting out how we will work with our partners to tackle global poverty and promote sustainable development.

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