Clause 9

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

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

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke Shadow Minister (Treasury)

I do not know whether I can match the brevity of my hon. Friend the Member for Worthing, West. I simply ask why there is two months between the passing of the Bill and its commencement. Why not commence it immediately?

Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North

I understand that that is standard.

Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman Labour, Manchester, Gorton

If it is in order, Mr. Chope, will you allow me to say how sorry I am that my hon. Friend the Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne) is not here today owing to serious illness, and how grateful we are to him for carrying on the Bill after my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North initiated it? I pay great tribute to my hon. Friend for the knowledge, persistence and dedication she has shown in bringing the Bill forward and getting it to this stage.

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

Obviously, what the right hon. Gentleman has said is in order, but it is slightly premature because we still have two new clauses to deal with.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 9 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.