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Friday 16th November 2001


Mr Hilary Benn

That during proceeding on the International Development Bill [Lords], the Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past Nine o'clock and at half-past Two o'clock.

New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

STANDING COMMITTEE D

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BILL [LORDS]


   

Mr Edward Leigh

14

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     at beginning insert: 'Subject to subsection (1A) below.'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     after 'contribute', insert 'directly, or indirectly'.

   

Mr Edward Leigh

15

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Assistance under this section in relation to matters of population control, family planning, or sexual and reproductive health care, may not be provided to any programme of a person or body that assists, finances, practices or promotes (either directly or indirectly) forced abortion or forced sterilisation or forced contraception or which facilitates (either directly or indirectly) any form of coercion in relation to those said activities, in any country where evidence exists of coercion.

    (1B)   For the purposes of subsection (1A) above, coercion includes intimidation of a physical, psychological, financial, penal or other kind.

    (1C)   Subsection (1A) above is without prejudice to the exercise of the Secretary of State's discretion to provide assistance to any person or body not specified therein.'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     12,     at end insert 'or—

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

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

3

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     12,     at end insert 'or—

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

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

4

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     12,     at end insert 'or—

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

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

5

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     at end add—

    '(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.'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

6

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     at end add—

    '(5)   Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Secretary of State may fund public awareness campaigns in developing countries for purposes consistent with this section.'.


   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

11

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     8,     after 'assistance', insert 'and, where necessary the means for reconstruction,'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

7

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     11,     at end add—

    '(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 standards as to effectiveness and probity set down in the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.'.


   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

12

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(d)   promote, or assist any person or body to promote, the awareness of good governance and of the means of achieving good governance,'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

13

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     28,     after '(b)', insert '(c) or (d) or (e)'.


   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

8

Clause     5,     page     2,     line     36,     leave out from first 'assistance' to end of line 39 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.'.


   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

9

Clause     6,     page     3,     line     6,     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 ten per cent. of development assistance to that country.'.


   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

10

Clause     8,     page     3,     line     31,     at end add—

    '(3)   The Secretary of State shall ensure that, taking one year with another, not less than 15 per cent. of development assistance given under section 1 is distributed through charities and other non-governmental organisations specialising in development.'.


   

Mr Hilary Benn

16

*Clause     20,     page     9,     line     8,     leave out subsection (6).


NEW CLAUSES

Reduction in poverty: co-ordination within government
   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

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 responsible for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Trade and Industry, 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
   

Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Nick Hawkins
Dr Julian Lewis

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 dispersed via a third party (including multilateral development banks, United Nations agencies, the European Development Fund, and institutions of the European Union) is made available to that third party unless he is satisfied that it is likely to contribute to the achievement of the objectives set out in section 1 above applicable to development assistance.'.


 
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