HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 cc557-8W
23. Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account she takes of human rights issues in deciding her priorities for overseas aid. [3879]

Clare Short

My Department will adopt a human rights based approach to development. Our distinct contribution will be to focus on those rights which are important for the elimination of poverty and the dignity of the disadvantaged. We will seek to establish development partnerships with Governments that share our aim of poverty eradication.