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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions she has had with the Movement for Democratic Change in Harare on plans to fund public service programmes (a) inside and (b) outside Zimbabwe. [112933]

My Department receives requests to fund development projects from many organisations. This has included contacts from MDC MPs and MDC run local government bodies. As with similar requests from ZANU-PF MPs and bodies, our response is that we are currently giving priority to humanitarian assistance and HIV/AIDS programmes. DFID is not funding public service programmes outside of these issues at present.