§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the results of the initiative to improve safety, security and access to justice in Malawi. 
§ Clare Short
A formal assessment of progress is not due until April 2003. The MASSAJ programme is working closely with key institutions in the Malawi justice sector—including the Ministries of Justice and Home Affairs, Malawi Police Service, the judiciary and the magistracy; it is supporting the redrafting of the anti-corruption legislation and the roll of pilot juvenile justice initiatives. The programme includes co-operation with (i) the EU on strengthening the independence of the judiciary; (ii) NORAD in reducing the incidence of small arms; and (iii) USAID on strengthening paralegal support which enables poor people to access justice.