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 September||Norwich|
|Wednesday 9 September||Birmingham|
|Monday 14 September||Bristol|
|Wednesday 16 September||Portsmouth|
|Monday 21 September||York|
|Thursday 24 September||Cardiff|
|Monday 5 October||Manchester|
|Wednesday 7 October||Edinburgh|
|Tuesday 13 October||Belfast|
|Friday 16 October||London|
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.