Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 5th December 2002.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Minister (Women), Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 2:30 pm, 5th December 2002

Did my hon. Friend hear the Secretary of State's interview on the "Today" programme? She compared the estimates of those at risk of famine in southern Africa and Ethiopia, and suggested that the threat was worse in southern Africa because of the enfeeblement of the population by HIV and AIDS. I have carefully looked at the Hansard report of the debate on Ethiopia a couple of days ago, and cannot find maximum and minimum figures. However, the Minister stated:

"We expect to have the first estimates from surveys of the present situation within the next few days".—[Hansard, 3 December 2002; Vol. 395, c. 885.]

It would seem that the assessment in the media was given before the correct information was available to the Department.