Clause 3

Part of Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 9th March 2010.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West 10:30 am, 9th March 2010

I ask the promoters to consider—not necessarily today—two minor points. Subsections (4) and (6) start with the word “but”. I was brought up to believe that any sentence that starts with the word “but” is not needed. I do not think it is a condition. If one reads “the amount recoverable is limited”, does it mean the same as with the “but” added? If the “but” has no purpose, there is no point in taking it out and no point in putting it in the first place.

A more serious point relates to a possible ambiguity in line 30, which states that

“the amount recoverable under a compromise agreement is limited to the amount that would be recoverable”.

Does that mean “limited to” as a ceiling, or is it limited to a precise amount? It is unclear.