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G8 Development Meeting

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on matters discussed, pledges made and decisions taken at the G8 development Ministers meeting in Paris on 24 April 2003; and if she will place copies of documentation for the meeting in the Library. [111234]

Matters discussed were: how to increase official development assistance; the need for better co-ordinated action to secure better water provision for poor people; accelerating the achievement of education and health goals; and what donors could do to support the New Partnership for African Development (NePAD). The meeting was a discussion forum to prepare for the G8 meeting in Evian and no pledges were made and no decisions were taken. A copy of the Chairman's Summary will be placed in the Library.