HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c560W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the contribution of Earth Summit 2 to the elimination of third world debt. [3811]

Mr. Foulkes

I welcome any discussions which draw attention to the need for sustainable development and the need to tackle the debt problems of some developing countries. Debt relief should be part of a wider economic commitment by debtors to balanced economic reforms which encourage sustainable development. Practical solutions need to be implemented in the appropriate fora.

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