§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what official visits he, his Ministers or officials have paid to Zimbabwe since May 1997; whom they met; and what was discussed. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The information requested is set out.
There has been one official visit on 27–30 January 1998 when a senior Departmental official represented DETR at an International Workshop on Strategic Approaches to Freshwater Management. The event was attended by some 80 countries, together with NGOs, industry and International agencies. This event was hosted by the Zimbabwe Government with EC support, and helped pave the way for the Commission for Sustainable Development's Sixth meeting at which a formal Decision on Strategic Approaches to Freshwater Management was adopted by CSD, and later endorsed by UNGASS.