HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c558W
25. Mr. Bayley

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to increase the emphasis in United Kingdom bilateral aid on counteracting poverty. [3881]

Clare Short

The elimination of poverty is at the centre of our agenda. I am currently reviewing all of our programmes to ensure that resources are targeted accordingly. A White Paper will issue in the autumn setting out how, through more coherent policies, we will tackle global poverty and promote sustainable development. I am delighted that there is to be a debate on International development policies on 1 July, during which hon. Members will have an opportunity to feed their thoughts and ideas into the paper.

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