§ Mr. Connarty
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department is supporting the democratisation processes in poor countries considered to be committed to reform. 
§ Hilary Benn
We support democratisation in poor countries in a wide variety of ways, both directly and indirectly. This includes assistance to Electoral Commissions, voter registration and awareness programmes and election monitoring; support for parliamentary Select Committees; assistance to strengthen financial and other accountability, and anti-corruption measures; programmes to make justice systems work better, especially for the poor; and work with the media and a wide range of civil society organisations to enhance their participation in public life and the political process.