HC Deb 25 June 1998 vol 314 cc598-9W
Mr. Streeter

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans she has to(a) withdraw and (b) suspend aid to India or Pakistan following the recent nuclear tests in those countries. [46725]

Clare Short

Our bilateral programmes to both countries are poverty focused and we do not propose to take actions which will hurt the poor. But we are in the process of preparing new Country Strategy Papers for India and Pakistan which will consider carefully the implications, including the economic and financial implications, of the nuclear tests when assessing prospects for partnerships for poverty reduction.

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