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While the reconstruction of Zimbabwe and development in the Commonwealth are strategic concerns to us, in the words of my right honourable friend the Prime Minister, there are no moral strangers in this world. I am conscious that many in this House share this view and have exercised much effort and expertise toward this end. I hope that in my position as Minister for International Development I can build on your Lordships strong platform. I was rather optimistically named Shriti, which means knowledge in Sanskrit. To borrow the words of Herman Hesse, more than knowledge, it is the wisdom of the distinguished Members of this House that I will seek to find, live, and be filled and sustained by in fulfilling my duty. Thank you.
Lord Luce: My Lords, with the forbearance of the House, on behalf of your Lordships I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Vadera, on not only an excellent but a delightful maiden speech. Her speech and her experience show that she is highly suited to her new ministerial job in the Department for International Development and is very well placed to stand up for the Commonwealth.
The noble Baroness spoke most movingly about her earlier years in Uganda and later in India and made the point that she is devoted to the Commonwealth.
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The noble Baroness has excellent experience of economic and developmental issues and of the Commonwealth. On behalf of your Lordships, I congratulate her most warmly on her maiden speech and on becoming a Minister. I wish her well in government, where I am quite sure she will make a positive contribution.
The Bill was returned from the Commons with their disagreement to certain Lords amendments insisted on, with amendments proposed to the words so restored to the Bill and with Commons amendments not insisted on. The amendments were ordered to be printed.
The Bill was returned from the Commons with their disagreement to certain Lords amendments insisted on and with Commons amendments in lieu not insisted on and with certain other amendments disagreed to but with amendments proposed in lieu thereof. The amendments were ordered to be printed.
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