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Development Policy Forum

Volume 590: debated on Thursday 11 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress has been made in setting up the annual policy forum proposed in the Government's White Paper on international development.

The National Development Policy Forum will take place in Birmingham on 9 November. This will be preceded by a series of regional forums in 10 locations around the UK. The dates and locations are as follows:

Monday 7 SeptemberNorwich
Wednesday 9 SeptemberBirmingham
Monday 14 SeptemberBristol
Wednesday 16 SeptemberPortsmouth
Monday 21 SeptemberYork
Thursday 24 SeptemberCardiff
Monday 5 OctoberManchester
Wednesday 7 OctoberEdinburgh
Tuesday 13 OctoberBelfast
Friday 16 OctoberLondon

The forum is one of a number of ways in which we are seeking to share experience and strengthen analysis of development issues across different sectors of society and to broaden public awareness. This will be an annual process and full reports of the outcome will be available.

Our current estimate of the cost is between £200,000 and £300,000.