13. The one piece of legislation for which DFID has
had lead responsibility in this Parliament has been the Commonwealth
Development Corporation Act 1999. The Committee conducted two
inquiries the first entitled The Future of the Commonwealth
which considered initial Government proposals to transform the
Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) into a public/private
partnership, and the second on The Provisions of the Commonwealth
Development Corporation Bill [Lords],
which considered the actual provisions of the Bill. The Committee
has also considered the process whereby replenishments to the
World Bank Group and Regional Development Banks are agreed, through
the House debating and approving affirmative statutory instruments.
At our request, the Government has agreed to notify the Committee
when the boards of these Banks agree to seek replenishment, thus
giving the Committee, if we so wish, the chance to take evidence
in advance of debate in the Delegated Legislation Committee.
14. In our Report on the Renegotiation of the
Lomé Convention, we considered the draft negotiating
mandate proposed for adoption by the EU Member States prior to
the negotiations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries
on a successor to the Lomé Convention. The Government,
in its response, stated that "The Government ... believes
that the Committee's analysis contributed to the successful conclusion
of the mandate".