Clause 7

Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 9th March 2010.

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Exception for overriding EU or international obligations

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke Shadow Minister (Treasury)

I would be grateful if the Minister or the hon. Lady set out the types of judgment that override EU or international obligations, and that could provide an exception to what the Bill sets out generally.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Digital Britain) (also HM Treasury), Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

I support the clause because it is necessary for the UK to fulfil some European and international obligations. Where we are entitled to refuse to enforce foreign judgments in full—for example if they go against UK public policy—it is consistent with the aims of the Bill to do so. None the less, there are some kinds of judgments and arbitration awards which the UK is obliged to enforce in full. It is right that the Bill should not apply to those, and clause 7 provides accordingly.

Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North

The only thing I would add is that the exceptions are set out in clause 7(2).

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 7 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.