HC Deb 09 July 2002 vol 388 c870W
Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when she expects the World Bank's research, supported by the British Government, into the impact of service liberalisation in developing countries to be published. [67689]

Clare Short

The World Bank Research Programme on Trade in Services started in 1997 and is due to continue until 2004. The programme aims to generate and draw together data and research, with the objective of improving services trade policy formulation and facilitating the services negotiations at the WTO. One of the central components of the programme is the creation of a database on measures affecting trade in services. Other components include policy research projects, which are expected to result in a series of conceptual and empirical papers.

All papers and studies produced by the Programme are published on the World bank website http:// wwwl.worldbank.org/wbiep/trade/services.htmfitoverview as they are completed. This website will also provide access to the Trade in Services database, for which the first results are expected to be available by the end of August.