HC Deb 24 January 2002 vol 378 cc1002-3W
Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment she has made of the effects of GATS—General Agreement on Trade in Services—on developing countries; and if she will make a statement. [29508]

Hilary Benn

It is not yet possible to make a full assessment as so few commitments have been made under the GATS. The Government support on-going assessment of trade in services, as do all WTO members. DFID is funding both the World bank and UNCTAD to help build capacity in developing countries to identify areas of interest to them.

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