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Water Supplies

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

8. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department’s efforts to promote clean water and sanitation in the developing world. (136212)

13. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote clean water and sanitation in the developing world; and if he will make a statement. (136217)

We will double our expenditure on water and sanitation in Africa—where the Millennium Development Goal targets are most off-track—to £95 million a year by 2007-08, and then double it again to £200 million a year by 2010-11.

Last November, I published a global call to action on water and sanitation. We need both developing country Governments and donors to do more, we need to invest more and to ensure this money is spent effectively, and we need to put the best structures in place to make all of this happen.