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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 13th March 2001

STANDING COMMITTEE B


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BILL

RESOLUTION OF THE PROGRAMMING SUB-COMMITTEE

    The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill agreed the following resolution at its meeting on Monday 12th March (Sessional Order C relating to Programming):

    That—

    (1) during proceedings on the International Development Bill the Standing Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at five minutes to Ten o'clock and between half-past Two o'clock and Five o'clock.

    (2) 4 sittings in all shall be allotted to the consideration of the Bill by the Committee;

    (3) the proceedings on the Bill shall be taken in the following order, namely Clauses 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 9, Schedule 2, Clauses 10 to 13, Schedule 3, Clauses 14 to 19, Schedules 4 and 5, Clause 20, Schedule 6, new Clauses, new Schedules.

    (4) the proceedings on the Bill shall be brought to a conclusion at the 4th sitting at Five o'clock.


    Mr Chris Mullin has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee. Debate on such a motion may continue for half an hour. [Sessional Order C(6) relating to Programming (7th November 2000).]


NOTE

    The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [12th March].


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     after 'contribute', insert 'directly or indirectly'.

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     at end insert 'or—

    (c) promoting good governance in one or more such countries'.

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

3

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     at end insert 'or—

    (d) reducing conflict or the potential for conflict in one or more such countries'.

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

4

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     at end insert 'or—

    (e) putting in place the framework necessary to attract private and foreign direct investment in one or more such countries'.

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

5

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(4) The Secretary of State shall publish an annual report on the performance of the development assistance programme against stated poverty reduction targets, and shall lay a copy of the report before Parliament.'.

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

6

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(5) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Secretary of State may fund public awareness campaigns in developing countries with the aim of reducing economic migration.'.

   

Mr Tony Worthington

17

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(4) There shall be an annual debate in each House of Parliament on the operation of the provisions of this Act.'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

7

Clause     2,     page     1,     line     24,     at end insert '(and, for the avoidance of doubt, such assistance may include support for communications systems)'.

   

Dr Jenny Tonge

19

*Clause     2,     page     1,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(a) any such assistance needed for reasons other than poverty reduction in the overseas territories shall first be provided by the relevant UK Government Departments; and

    (b) assistance shall only be provided if the overseas territories' laws are fully compliant with the Human Rights Act 1998 and the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.'.

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

8

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     5,     at end insert—

    '(4) No order shall be made under subsection (3) unless a draft of it has been laid before and approved by both Houses of Parliament.'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

9

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     9,     at end insert—

    '(2) The Secretary of State shall make arrangements to ensure that humanitarian assistance provided under subsection (1) which is provided via other agencies or bodies shall comply with the same standards as to effectiveness and probity as apply to assistance disbursed directly.'.

   

Dr Jenny Tonge

20

*Clause     3,     page     2,     line     9,     at end insert—

    '(2) Assistance shall also be provided by HMG Treasury, for the purposes of natural or man made disasters.'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

10

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     17,     leave out '(wholly or partly)' and insert 'wholly'.

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

11

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     18,     leave out '(wholly or partly)' and insert 'wholly'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

12

Clause     5,     page     2,     line     32,     leave out from 'assistance"' to end of line 35 and insert 'means assistance in the fields of economic development, administration and social services, consisting in the making available of the services of any body or person, training facilities, the supply of material, or the results of research undertaken in any such fields.'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

13

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     2,     at end insert—

    '(2A) The value of loans made available to a country by way of financial assistance shall not, taking one year with another, amount to more than 10 per cent. of development assistance to that country.'.

   

Dr Jenny Tonge

21

*Clause     6,     page     3,     line     9,     at end insert—

    '(5) Financial assistance may not be provided now or in the future for the purposes of 'tied aid'.'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

14

Clause     8,     page     3,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(3) The Secretary of State shall ensure that, taking one year with another, not less than 15 per cent. of development assistance is disbursed through charities and other non-governmental organisations specialising in development.'.


   

Mr Tony Worthington

18

Clause     9,     page     4,     line     2,     at end insert—

    '(c) where the statutory body concerned is a Northern Ireland body, only with the approval of the Northern Ireland Assembly.'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

15

Clause     18,     page     8,     line     17,     after 'section', insert '2(3),'.


   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

16

Clause     20,     page     8,     line     29,     at end insert—

    '(2A) The Secretary of State may not appoint a date under subsection (2) until Parliament shall have enacted legislation to give effect to the Convention on Combating the Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.'.


NEW CLAUSES

Reduction in proverty: co-ordination within Government

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State shall make arrangements to promote a focus on reduction in poverty throughout all Government departments and agencies in their relations with developing countries.

    (2) The Secretary of State for International Development shall, jointly with Ministers representing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Defence and the Treasury, prepare and lay before Parliament an annual report on the work done in pursuance of the arrangements made under subsection (1).'.


Reduction in poverty: aid given through third parties

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '. The Secretary of State shall make arrangements to ensure that no United Kingdom Government aid for a developing country or countries which is to be disbursed via a third party (including multilateral development banks, United Nations agencies, and institutions of the European Union) is made available to that third party unless he is satisfied that it is likely to contribute to a reduction in poverty.'.


Sector aid

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State may not provide development assistance through a sector-wide programme, unless he has first prepared a report on the proposal containing—

    (a) targets for the outputs of that aid, and

    (b) details of the arrangements agreed with the developing country or countries concerned for the monitoring of those outputs;

    and is satisfied that the countries concerned have demonstrated a record of transparency in the use of aid from the United Kingdom Government.

    (2) The report prepared under subsection (1) shall be laid before Parliament before any disbursements under the programme are made.'.


Website to assist non-Government donors

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    '. The Secretary of State shall establish and maintain a website for the purpose of helping to co-ordinate, and otherwise facilitating, the international development activities of charities and private donors.'.


Use of charities and other non-governmental organisations

   

Mr Gary Streeter
Mrs Cheryl Gillan

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—The Secretary of State shall make arrangements to ensure that, taking one year with another, not less than 15 per cent. of development assistance is disbursed through charities and other non-governmental organisations specialising in development.'.


 
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