HC Deb 02 November 1998 vol 318 cc301-2W
Mr. Streeter

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the countries referred to in paragraph 16.5 of the Comprehensive Spending Review (Cm 4011) in which she currently considers that(a) her Department is able to involve itself in a partnership to eradicate poverty; and (b) those where it is not possible to involve the host Government in an effective partnership. [57611]

Clare Short

The White Paper on international development which we published a year ago set out this Government's plans for helping to reduce world poverty by working in partnership with poor countries which are themselves committed to poverty reduction.

It is not helpful and would be simplistic to try to list countries with which partnership may or may not be possible. We provide an analysis of progress in each country where we have a significant programme within the framework of the country strategy process. Completed country strategy papers are publicly available. They outline in detail our view of the prospects for development and partnerships.