§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what her policy is with respect to providing development assistance to countries involved in long-term conflict. 
§ Clare Short
It is usually impossible to provide long-term development assistance to countries involved in violent conflict. We provide humanitarian relief and support for conflict resolution and development where possible. But 20 of the 38 poorest countries are involved in conflict or recently emerged from conflict. Such conflict leads to growing impoverishment and is a barrier to development. We are therefore working to try to focus greater international effort on the resolution of such conflicts.