§ 14. Ms McCafferty
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what are her Department's priorities during the EU presidency in respect of improving the EU aid disbursement management and mechanisms to allow increased access by nongovernmental organisations concerned with population and reproductive health. 
§ Clare Short
We are encouraging the Commission to amend the EU's Financial Regulation to make all EC aid management procedures faster and more flexible. We hope that the establishment of the Common Services Directorate which the Commission are currently working on will also contribute to increased effectiveness and transparency.