HC Deb 25 February 1998 vol 307 c258W
Mr. Sarwar

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to encourage the private sector to become more involved with the support of overseas development projects. [29637]

Clare Short

We announced in the White Paper that we will develop a new partnership with the business sector, based on a shared approach to the eradication of poverty and in particular to strengthen support for investment and trade. The Department for International Development is actively taking forward this agenda and putting in place better mechanisms for consulting the private sector. I intend to set out further progress on this in a speech in the Summer.