§ Sir Alastair Goodlad
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds her Department has committed to the eighth European Development Fund; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Clare Short
My Department committed 1.63 billion ecu (£1.08 billion at the current exchange rate) to the eighth European Development Fund. The resources will be used to promote development and poverty eradication in the 71 African, Caribbean and Pacific States with which the EU has aid, trade an political relations under the Lomé Convention.