HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 c328W
12 Mr. Hendrick

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her Department's priorities are for the International Development Association's 13th replenishment negotiations. [37326]

Clare Short

Our priority for the International Development Association's replenishment (IDA 13) negotiations is to build on the progress achieved under the last replenishment, particularly in consolidating a sharper poverty focus and embedding the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper process as the Lynchpin of the World Bank's engagement in low-income countries.

The UK has indicated that it is prepared to increase substantially its contribution to IDA 13, depending upon the resolution of policy issues.

The negotiations are still under way and are facing serious difficulties. We will report to the International Development Committee once the negotiations have been concluded.

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