§ 26. Mr. Miller
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she last met members of the European Commission to discuss EU development programmes. 
§ Clare Short
I frequently meet members of the European Commission to discuss EU development programmes. I most recently met Commissioner Nielson (Development) on 8 February and Commissioner Patten (External Relations) on 28 February. I confirmed our support for the extensive reform efforts now under way and stressed the need for effective implementation of the new EC Development Policy. I also held a telephone662W conversation with Commissioner Lamy (Trade) on 6 March, during which I emphasised the importance of mainstreaming development thinking into trade policy.