New Schedule 1 - ‘INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN ANNUAL REPORT
International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill
1An 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,
(f)the amount of multilateral official development assistance provided by the United Kingdom,
(g)the amount of the United Kingdom’s imputed share of the aggregate amount of multilateral official development assistance provided by the bodies to which the United Kingdom contributed such assistance,
(h)the total of the amounts mentioned in sub-paragraphs (e) and (f), and that total as a percentage of the gross national income of the United Kingdom,
(i)what percentage of the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) was provided to low income countries, and how much that amounted to.
2(1)The amount mentioned in paragraph 1(a) for each relevant period is also to be broken down—
(b)by country, and
(2)An annual report must also state, in relation to the amount shown for each country pursuant to sub-paragraph (1)(b) of this paragraph, the amount of humanitarian assistance which is included in each full amount.
3The amount mentioned in paragraph 1(b) for each relevant period is also to be broken down at least by reference to aid provided through the following (but may be further broken down)—
(a)the European Community,
(b)the World Bank Group,
(c)the United Nations and its agencies,
(d)other multilateral organisations.
4(1)The amount mentioned in paragraph 1(e) for each relevant period is also to be broken down by country.
(2)An annual report must also state what percentage of the amount mentioned in paragraph 1(e) for each relevant period was provided to low income countries, and how much that amounted to.
5(1)To the extent that it is practicable to do so, the amount mentioned in paragraph 1(g) for each relevant period is also to be broken down by country.
(2)An annual report must also state what percentage of the amount mentioned in paragraph 1(g) for each relevant period was provided to low income countries, and how much that amounted to.
6The amounts included in the annual report for each country pursuant to paragraphs 2(1)(b) and 4(1) are also to be expressed as a percentage of the whole amount mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) and (e) respectively of paragraph 1.
7Nothing in this Act requires information to be included for any relevant period if the figures for that period are not (or not yet) available when the report is prepared; but if they become available later they must be included in the first annual report which is prepared after they become available.
8Where the annual report includes a figure for the United Kingdom’s imputed share of any amount, the annual report must include an explanation of how that imputed share was determined.’. —[Mr. Thomas.]
Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.
Amendments made: No. 11, in title, line 2, leave out
‘development assistance as a proportion of gross national income’
‘aid and on the breakdown of such aid’.
No. 12, in title, line 7, leave out
‘expenditure in each country; to make provision’
and insert ‘aid expenditure and’.
No. 13, in title, line 8, leave out ‘development assistance’ and insert ‘aid’.—[Mr. Thomas.]
Gareth Thomas (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development; Harrow West, Labour)
On a point of order, Mr. Hood. I seek your guidance. Do we need to seek a Division on whether the long title as amended should stand part of the Bill?
Tony Baldry (Banbury, Conservative)
Further to that point of order, Mr. Hood. In fact, it might not be a point of order but I should nevertheless like to make it. We have had, on Second Reading and today, a most comprehensive debate. We have pretty well rewritten the Bill. There can be no excuse, on Report, for any hon. Member from any party to try further to amend this Bill, which has been examined exhaustively. I hope that Opposition and Government Members and the Whips will make it clear to everyone that there will be no patience with any Member of Parliament who seeks to filibuster on Report and Third Reading. I hope that that will be noted.
Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Labour)
Mr. Hood, I seek a little more success in raising a point of order.
I should like to say how much I agree with the hon. Member for Banbury.We have come to the end of what has been a most impressive sitting that could be a model for many other Bills. However, that did not simply happen this morning, although I am grateful for everything that took place today. I should like to thank a number of people who have made a substantial contribution to our progress thus far.
I thank the staff of the various Departments involved, particularly DFID, for their outstanding commitment. I thank my limited staff for the work that they have done. I also thank Committee members and other hon. Members for the work that they have done and for their support. The spokespersons for all the political parties have been constructive in what they had to say and in helping to develop the Bill. I know that they will allow me to thank my hon. and right hon. Friends, who have been magnificent in their support. I am very grateful for what they are doing and what they will continue to do until the Bill is, we hope, enacted.
We could not have made this progress without the excellent advice of the Clerks, who are sometimes stern but prove, in the end, to be correct. I know that they, too, would want to join me in thanking Dr. Egan for his excellent contribution in recent months.
I also thank two colleagues who have been helpful and constructive, particularly in today’s proceedings. I referred earlier to the generosity of my hon. Friend the Minister, which whom I was discussing these matters even on Sunday. He was right to reflect in his contribution that although we had not always reached agreement, we managed in the end to get to where we are. I was pleased that our discussion on Sunday took place before the famous rugby match, so he was not aware of the frequency with which red cards were delivered to Scotland. I am grateful for the progress that was made and genuinely grateful for my hon. Friend’s work on the Bill, among all the other work that he has had to do in the House this week.
Finally, Mr. Hood, our proceedings would not have been possible and would not have gone so smoothly had it not been for your chairmanship. You have shown again the good humour, sensitivity and knowledge of procedure that we have always associated with you. I have already mentioned Judith Hart. It is obvious that the Clydesdale constituency makes an enormous contribution to the work of the House, particularly international development, and you have personified that this morning, Mr. Hood.
I end by saying that we have, without a single vote, made good progress, taking on board the views expressed in the House on Second Reading. We have achieved consensus, which reflects well not just on the Committee, but on Parliament. I hope that the consensus, good will and practical approach to progress on international development will be reflected in our proceedings on Report and Third Reading.