Good Governance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 11:30 am, 29th June 2005

The Secretary of State's suspension of the increase in aid to Ethiopia is a mark of his concern about governance there. It contrasts markedly with the Home Secretary's failure to make a similar gesture in response to concern about Zimbabwe. But in the event of a major humanitarian crisis involving famine and homelessness in Zimbabwe, how will the Secretary of State achieve the difficult balance of supporting those in need while not indirectly rewarding the perpetrator of the original injustice?