HC Deb 05 March 2001 vol 364 cc89-90W
Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Italian Government about debt relief discussions at the forthcoming G8 Summit; and if he will make a statement. [152296]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The UK has discussed debt relief and development issues extensively with the Italian Government, who are currently chair of the G7. In particular the UK is working closely with the Italian Government to build on announcements made at an international conference on Child Poverty hosted by the UK on 26 February, aimed at improving the access to drugs and vaccines for the world's poorest children.