HC Deb 20 May 1998 vol 312 c405W
Sir Alastair Goodlad

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the(a) Minister without Portfolio and (b) Chancellor of the Exchequer about a Third World debt reduction project at the Millennium Dome; and if she will make a statement. [42716]

Clare Short

My Department and the Treasury have consulted carefully with each other about the so-called "Bondfire Project". Earlier this month I wrote to the Minister without Portfolio, stressing the need to ensure if the project went ahead that bond purchasers' money went to help poor countries, not their creditors. I understand the proposal is now being revised.