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Clause 6 - Financial assistance

Part of International Development Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 27th November 2001.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Spokesperson (International Development), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development) 11:30 am, 27th November 2001

It seems to be a continuing theme of my remarks to say that, while I share the aspiration behind the amendment, it might have the unattractive consequence of constraining the Government in unintended ways. In some cases it might well be appropriate to exceed the 10 per cent. barrier, and I wonder why 10 per cent. should be fixed upon, rather than any other percentage.