HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 c448W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Prime Minister what progress in relation to the Water Action Plan agreed at last year's G8 summit in Evian he expects to report at the forthcoming Sea Island summit, with particular reference to the commitment to making political priorities of(a) safe drinking water and (b) basic sanitation. [177483]

The Prime Minister

The UK agreed a Water Action Plan in March 2004 which supports the implementation of the G8 Water Action Plan to deliver safe drinking water and better sanitation.

We are supporting countries who are committed to making safe drinking water and basic sanitation a priority through international programmes such as the Global Water Partnership and the EU Water Initiative and through our bilateral aid budget, spending overall around £90 million each year on programmes to improve access to water and sanitation in developing countries.