Does the Minister acknowledge that many developing countries have contributed to extinguishing their national debt by restricting imports? Does he think that that gives them a fair chance of achieving the growth necessary to get them out of long-term trouble? How does he think restricting developing countries' imports will help United Kingdom exports?
If the hon. Gentleman was asking whether I thought that protectionism was the best way to assist the debt problem, my answer would be emphatically no. We have played a central role in writing off official aid debts, as the hon. Gentleman knows. I am equally determined that we should play a central role in sustaining the process of structural adjustment and policy reform which would lead to the growth which the hon. Gentleman and I want to see.
Will my hon. Friend consider encouraging the development of a secondary market in developing countries' debt, because that would provide an opportunity for the central banks of those countries to buy in their own debts at advantageous prices and thereby reduce their indebtedness?
Does the Minister agree that the best way of helping poor countries repay their international debts is to help increase their incomes? In that connection, will the Minister turn his mind to backing and improving the United Nations' integrated programme for commodities? Does he agree that it has been the fall in real commodity prices in the past 20 years that has led to difficulties which many poor countries face today?
That is at least part of the problem. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we shall be putting more support into structural adjustment over the next year. More of our aid programme will be used in support of policy reform, which I hope will provide the sustained economic growth which these countries need.