New Clause 6 - Policy coherence and Millennium Development Goal 8

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

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‘(1) The Secretary of State shall include in each annual report such general or specific observations as he thinks appropriate on the effects of policies and programmes pursued by Government departments on—

(a)the promotion of sustainable development in countries outside the United Kingdom,

(b)the reduction of poverty in such countries.

(2)Such observations are to include observations on the pursuit of Millennium Development Goal 8, including in particular progress towards—

(a)the development of an open trading system that is rule-based and non-discriminatory and expands trading opportunities for low income countries,

(b)the development of an open financial system that is rule-based and non-discriminatory,

(c)the enhancement of debt relief for low income countries.

(3)In this section, “Millennium Development Goal 8” means Goal 8 set out in the Annex to the document mentioned in section (Aid effectiveness and Millennium Development Goals 1 to 7)(2)(a), as that goal may be amended or modified from time to time.’.—[Mr. Tom Clarke.]

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