HC Deb 13 March 2003 vol 401 c20WS
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr. Elliot Morley)

I am pleased to welcome the publication of the first annual report from the UK tri-sector partnership Partners for Water and Sanitation.

This partnership between Government, civil society and the private sector aims to make a contribution towards achieving the targets for water and sanitation agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa last Autumn.

The annual report gives details of the progress made in each of the three African partner countries—South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda—with information about the exploratory and scoping study visits undertaken by the partnership. The report also sets out plans for future activity.

It is encouraging to note the progress made by this partnership in developing strong relationships with partner countries and the Government wish it every success in the contribution it is making towards achievement of the water and sanitation targets agreed at the World Summit in Johannesburg last year.

Copies of the report will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.