Clause 7

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

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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) 11:00 am, 9th March 2010

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.