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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 Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Minister (Women), Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 11:30 am, 27th November 2001

The amendment was a probing amendment, and I am glad that the Minister took it in that spirit. It enabled us to flag up our concern about whether sufficient tools are in place to help countries to get off the treadmill of constantly re-accumulating debt. Again, we might be able to address our effectiveness as a country in reducing the cycle of debt accumulation by allowing the Department's work to be examined in its annual report. One may take a snapshot of a country at a particular time and believe from that picture that the debt has been relieved, but that country may be gradually accumulating more debt. The process tends to be an on-going one. Some instrument for analysing how well countries are tackling their underlying debt accumulation would enhance the Department's work.

As I have been assured of the Government's good intent on the point, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 6 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 7 ordered to stand part of the Bill.