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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 27th November 2001

STANDING COMMITTEE D


INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BILL [LORDS]

    Clause No. 1 (Development Assistance)Amendment (No. 5) proposed, in page 1, line 16, at the end to add the words—5]
    '(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.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

   

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

14A

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

    '(2)   The Secretary of State shall ensure that the provision of humanitarian aid shall make no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion.'.


   

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.'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman

15A

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

    '(3)   The arrangements made by the Secretary of State with third parties shall include a separate specific amount to be used for administrative purposes only.'.


   

Mrs Caroline Spelman

16A

Clause     9,     page     3,     line     35,     leave out from 'agreements' to end of line 2 on page 4 and insert 'consistent with the aims of this Act set out in sections 1 and 3'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman

17

Clause     9,     page     4,     line     8,     leave out subsection (4).

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman

18

Clause     9,     page     4,     line     16,     leave out subsection (6).


   

Mrs Caroline Spelman

20

Clause     17,     page     8,     line     21,     at end insert '"sustainable development" has the meaning given in section 1.'.

   

Mrs Caroline Spelman

19

Clause     17,     page     8,     line     21,     at end insert—

       '"humanitarian assistance" has the meaning given in section 3.'.


   

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.'.


Restrictions on assistance to governments involved in gross violations of human rights

   

Mr Edward Leigh

NC3

To move the following Clause—

    '(1)   The Secretary of State shall prepare and lay before Parliament a list of those countries whose governments he considers to engage in or tolerate gross violations of human rights, as defined in subsections (2) and (3) below, and other countries may be added to (or deleted from) the list by resolution of the House of Commons.

    (2)   In determining whether a country is in gross violation of human rights, as described in subsection (3) below, the Secretary of State shall give particular consideration to whether a foreign government—

    (a)   has engaged in gross violations of the right to freedom of religion; or

    (b)   has failed to undertake serious and sustained efforts to combat gross violations of the right to freedom of religion, when such efforts could have been reasonably undertaken; or

    (c)   has engaged in persecution of individuals or groups on the basis of their ethnic origin or membership of a particular ethnic group.

    (3)   In this section "gross violations of human rights" includes a consistent pattern of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction or clandestine detention of those powers, or other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of persons.

    (4)   No assistance shall be provided under Part I of this Act to the government of any country for the time being included in the list in existence under subsection (1) (provided that this section does not prohibit or restrict the provision of medicine, medical equipment or supplies, food, or other humanitarian assistance).'.


 
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