New Clause 5 - AID EFFECTIVENESS AND MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS 1 TO 7

International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 15th February 2006.

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‘(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,

(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 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/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).

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 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 paragraph (a) on the states from which goods or services will be purchased using the aid.’.—[Mr. Tom Clarke.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.