have identified by the date that this Act comes into force.
It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Chope. This is the first time I have served on a Committee considering a private Members Bill, butnotwithstanding that it is a new experience for youI am sure you will guide me as necessary.
The amendment relates to a specific aspect of the meaning of qualifying debt under the clause. I shall make broader remarks about the definition in our stand part debate and set out briefly what I hope to achieve during this mornings proceedings. The amendment is narrow. It relates to which countries fall within the definition of qualifying debt. Essentially, the regime focuses on heavily indebted poor countries falling within the HIPC initiative, but it is also extended to include potentially eligible initiative countries. I tabled the amendment to obtain clarification of the provision. Under subsection (6),
Potentially eligible Initiative country means a country
(b) in respect of which decision point has not been reached.
I was not entirely clear when reading the provision whether it included simply those potentially eligible initiative countries identified at that point, or subsequently.