HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 cc429-30W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations she has received on women's rights in Pakistan; and if she will make a statement. [103213]

Clare Short

I have received no representations since my reply to the hon. Member's almost identical question on 10 November 1999,Official Report, column 555W. We regularly receive such representations and take every opportunity to ensure that the Pakistani authorities are aware of concerns. We take account of gender equality issues as a matter of course in our bilateral development assistance, which has focused upon reducing poverty and increasing basic rights and access to essential services—especially for women and girls.

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