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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 15th February 2006

 

Standing Committee Proceedings

 

Standing Committee B

 

International Development (Transparency and Reporting) Bill


 

[first Sitting]


 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Agreed to  14

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out from ‘Parliament’ to end of line 5 and insert

 

‘each year a report about international aid pursuant to the provisions of this Act (an

 

“annual report”).’.

 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Agreed to  15

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  leave out from beginning to end of line 16 on page 2 and

 

insert—

 

‘( )    

In this Act, “relevant period” means—

 

(a)    

a period of 12 months ending with 31st December, in the case of

 

information which is normally produced by reference to calendar years,

 

(b)    

in any other case, a period of 12 months ending with 31st March.’.

 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Agreed to  16

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  18,  leave out ‘the end of the relevant period’ and insert ‘31st

 

March each year’.

 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Agreed to  17

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

An annual report may revise anything contained in a previous annual report.’.

 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Agreed to  18

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  20,  leave out from ‘State’ to end of line 24 and insert ‘lays

 

before either House of Parliament.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 



 
 

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International Development (Transparency and Reporting) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Not selected  19

 

Page  2,  line  25,  leave out Clause 2.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Not selected  5

 

Page  2,  line  35,  leave out Clause 3.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Not selected  20

 

Page  3,  line  39,  leave out Clause 4.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Not selected  21

 

Page  4,  line  13,  leave out Clause 5.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Not selected  22

 

Page  4,  line  28,  leave out Clause 6.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Not selected  23

 

Page  5,  line  4,  leave out Clause 7.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 



 
 

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International Development (Transparency and Reporting) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Not selected  6

 

Page  5,  line  24,  leave out Clause 8.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Not selected  7

 

Page  5,  line  41,  leave out Clause 9.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Not selected  8

 

Page  6,  line  25,  leave out Clause 10.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 


 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Not selected  9

 

Page  6,  line  36,  leave out Clause 11.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 

Clause 12 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Agreed to  10

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  27,  leave out ‘9’ and insert ‘(Transparency)’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 



 
 

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International Development (Transparency and Reporting) Bill, continued

 
 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Progress towards United Nations 0.7% expenditure target

 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Added  NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall include in each annual report his assessment of the

 

year in which he expects that the target for expenditure on official development

 

assistance to amount to 0.7% of gross national income will be met by the United

 

Kingdom.’.

 


 

Aid effectiveness and Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7

 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Added  NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Each annual report must include the Secretary of State’s assessment of the

 

following matters—

 

(a)    

what progress has been made generally towards the achievement of

 

Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7,

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(b)    

the effectiveness in pursuing Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7 of

 

multilateral aid generally to which the United Kingdom contributes,

 

(c)    

the effectiveness in pursuing Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7 of

 

bilateral aid provided by the United Kingdom to not fewer than 20

 

countries specified in the report, selected according to criteria so

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specified,

 

(d)    

what progress has been made in promoting untied aid.

 

(2)    

In this section—

 

(a)    

references to “Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7” are to Goals 1 to

 

7 set out in the Annex to United Nations General Assembly document A/

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56/326 dated 6th September 2001, entitled “Road map towards the

 

implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration: Report of

 

the Secretary General”, as those Goals may be amended or modified from

 

time to time,

 

(b)    

“untied aid” means aid which falls within subsection (3).

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(3)    

Aid falls within this subsection if—

 

(a)    

it is either not subject to a condition restricting the states from which

 

goods or services may be purchased using the aid, or (if it is subject to

 

such a condition) the states from which goods or services may be

 

purchased using the aid include all the member states of the Organisation

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for Economic Co-operation and Development and substantially all states

 

which receive aid from any source, and

 

(b)    

the provider of the aid has, so far as reasonably practicable, secured that

 

there will be no significant impediment in the purchasing process which

 

would have the effect of a narrower restriction than that mentioned in

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paragraph (a) on the states from which goods or services will be

 

purchased using the aid.’.


 
 

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International Development (Transparency and Reporting) Bill, continued

 
 

As Amendments to Mr Tom Clarke’s proposed New Clause (Aid effectiveness and

 

Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7) (NC5):—

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not moved  (a)

 

Line  9,  leave out ‘selected according to criteria so specified’ and insert ‘which

 

shall be the 20 recipients of the greatest amount of United Kingdom bilateral

 

aid’.

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not selected  (b)

 

Line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

an independent analysis of the effectiveness of United Kingdom bilateral

 

development assistance in contributing directly to each of the

 

Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7,

 

(f)    

a comparison of the effectiveness of individual country programmes in

 

contributing directly to each of the Millennium Development Goals 1 to

 

7,

 

(g)    

a statement on how resources have been reallocated and money has been

 

spent in response to information set out in accordance with paragraphs (e)

 

and (f),

 

(h)    

the effectiveness in pursuing each of the Millennium Development Goals

 

1 to 7 of aid spent as direct budgetary support in the 20 countries which

 

receive the greatest amount of direct budgetary support from the United

 

Kingdom.’.

 


 

Policy coherence and Millennium Development Goal 8

 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Added  NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall include in each annual report such general or specific

 

observations as he thinks appropriate on the effects of policies and programmes

 

pursued by Government departments on—

 

(a)    

the promotion of sustainable development in countries outside the United

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Kingdom,

 

(b)    

the reduction of poverty in such countries.

 

(2)    

Such observations are to include observations on the pursuit of Millennium

 

Development Goal 8, including in particular progress towards—

 

(a)    

the development of an open trading system that is rule-based and non-

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discriminatory and expands trading opportunities for low income

 

countries,

 

(b)    

the development of an open financial system that is rule-based and non-

 

discriminatory,

 

(c)    

the enhancement of debt relief for low income countries.

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(3)    

In this section, “Millennium Development Goal 8” means Goal 8 set out in the

 

Annex to the document mentioned in section (Aid effectiveness and Millennium

 

Development Goals 1 to 7)(2)(a), as that goal may be amended or modified from

 

time to time.’.


 
 

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International Development (Transparency and Reporting) Bill, continued

 
 

As an Amendment to Mr Tom Clarke’s proposed New Clause (Policy coherence and

 

Millennium Development Goal 8) (NC6):—

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not moved  (a)

 

Line  1,  leave out from ‘report’ to ‘on’ in line 2 and insert ‘general or specific

 

observations’.

 


 

Statistics to be reported

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Added  NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Each annual report must include the information set out in the Schedule to this

 

Act.’.

 


 

Transparency

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Added  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall include in each annual report such observations as he

 

thinks appropriate about the contribution by Government departments to the

 

promotion of transparency in—

 

(a)    

the provision of aid, and

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(b)    

the use made of aid provided.

 

(2)    

He shall include, in particular, observations about progress in relation to the

 

following—

 

(a)    

specifying future allocations of aid,

 

(b)    

securing that aid supports clearly identified development objectives,

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agreed between those providing and those receiving the aid,

 

(c)    

promoting the better management of aid, including the prevention of

 

corruption in relation to it,

 

(d)    

securing improvements in monitoring the use of aid.’.

 

As Amendments to Mr Gareth Thomas’s proposed New Clause (Transparency)

 

(NC2):—

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not called  (a)

 

Line  1,  leave out ‘such observations as he thinks appropriate’ and insert

 

‘observations’.


 
 

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International Development (Transparency and Reporting) Bill, continued

 
 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not called  (b)

 

Line  13,  at end add—

 

‘( )    

Observations made in accordance with subsections (1) and (2) shall be made in

 

respect of each of the countries specified under section (Aid effectiveness and

 

Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7).

 


 

Interpretation, and meaning of terms used in annual report

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Added  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In this Act, references (however expressed) to the provision of aid by the United

 

Kingdom are to the provision of aid by Government departments.

 

(2)    

If an annual report uses terms which have a special meaning, it must include an

 

explanation or a definition of those terms.

 

(3)    

In particular, each annual report must include an explanation or definition of the

 

following terms—

 

“bilateral aid”,

 

“gross national income”,

 

“humanitarian assistance”,

 

“low income countries”,

 

“multilateral aid”,

 

“official development assistance”,

 

“sector”.’.

 


 

NEW SCHEDULE

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

Added  NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN ANNUAL REPORT

 

1          

An annual report must include the following information for the most recent

 

relevant period, and for each of the four relevant periods immediately before

 

the most recent one—

 

(a)    

the amount of bilateral aid provided by the United Kingdom,

 

(b)    

the amount of multilateral aid provided by the United Kingdom,

 

(c)    

the amount of debt relief included in each of the amounts mentioned

 

in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b),

 

(d)    

the amount of cancelled export credits included in the amount

 

mentioned in sub-paragraph (c),

 

(e)    

the amount of bilateral official development assistance provided by

 

the United Kingdom,


 
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