HC Deb 10 January 2001 vol 360 c577W
9. Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action her Department is taking to reduce international inequalities in the availability of digital services. [143203]

Clare Short

The UK is strongly supporting the G8 initiative to improve access to Information Technology (IT) in developing countries. In 2000 we established the Imfundo programme to improve teacher training through the use of Information Technology and other distance learning. DFID has also recently established a £6 million programme working with NGOs and the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation to tackle barriers to IT access in developing countries through improved regulation and by linking radio and the internet.

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