§ 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.