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International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: And using mobile telephones.

International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I should warn the House about the mutual admiration society that we seem to be creating this afternoon. Despite that, I still want to say how grateful I am for the kind remarks made about me by the Secretary of State and my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Devon (Mr. Streeter). However, I am not alone on the International Development Committee. We have a superb Committee, whose members...

International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: Yes, but not of a debate. That was disgraceful. As the Select Committee report on globalisation requests, business managers should provide for a debate on international development at least once every Parliament. I believe that we should debate it more often. After all, the Department's budget is set to increase every year and it will soon spend more than £3 billion. If the Secretary of...

International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I agree with my hon. Friend. Select Committee members often serve on Standing Committees. Those hon. Members should be spared their duties on Standing Committees, including the Committee that is considering the International Criminal Court Bill, and given time to attend the debate. The approach of The Economist to globalisation has infuriated the Secretary of State. It claims that she has...

International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: That is a perfectly good correction. We are below the target in Africa but we are beyond it in some Asian and Latin American countries; although, as has been pointed out, the inequality of the distribution of the increased growth in Latin America is causing difficulty. In the original White Paper and the globalisation White Paper, it has been acknowledged that the private sector will have to...

International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I believe that that is the intention and I very much hope that change will take place. However, I note that Stabex payments are being made because of lack of banana production in the eastern Caribbean following price falls in the British market. They have helped, but the trouble is that they are paid to Governments. The Governments of the eastern Caribbean are using them not to modernise the...

International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: Yes, but that is not merely a possibility. I could take the hon. Lady to areas around the volcano called Soufriere in St. Vincent where coca is being grown.

International Development White Paper (3 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: Perhaps we can make an arrangement. I could take the hon. Lady to that area or to Dominica, where I know coca is growing very well. It is a wonderful crop with few enemies, it has no diseases and there are no insects that eat it. Indeed, it grows so well that three crops a year can be produced, so it is a major temptation—the Secretary of State referred to that matter when discussing...

HIV-AIDS (1 May 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan) on securing a debate on such an important subject. As the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Dr. Tonge) said, it is probably the most important issue facing mankind. The Select Committee's report was the product of all the time that its members spent on the Committee. In each country that we visited over the four years...

Oral Answers to Questions — HIV/AIDS (25 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: Has the Secretary of State had the opportunity to read the report of the Select Committee on International Development on HIV/AIDS? Hon. Members may not be aware that 2.8 million people died of HIV/AIDS last year, three times the number of people who died as a result of murder, violence and war; we are therefore dealing with an important question. Will the Secretary of State confirm that...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: Will the hon. Gentleman reflect on the fact that the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mrs. Fyfe) will shortly leave Parliament, and would he care to compliment her on the way in which she has continually brought to the attention of the House the necessity for education, health care and aid in the third world? She has done a wonderful job during her time in this Parliament.

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I, too, welcome the Bill, which will sharpen the focus of the Department's work on the reduction of poverty. This is the first time that that has been set out in statutory form. The Secretary of State and her Department are to be congratulated on introducing the Bill and getting it on to the statute book this parliamentary Session. I know that there were difficulties in persuading our...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: Well, I offer many congratulations, but I should like to tease the Government a little. That figure means that the aid programme has not reached the average that was achieved under 18 years of Conservative Government. [Interruption.] Hon. Members may laugh, but we achieved an average expenditure of 0.33 per cent. of gross national product. I know that many people find that difficult to...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I wanted merely to bring to the House's attention a little-known figure: during the Conservative Government's years in office, an average of 0.33 per cent. of gross national product was spent on aid. I hope that we shall reach that level within the next year; indeed, I hope that we will exceed it. I know that that is the Government's policy, and I congratulate them on it. I wanted only to...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I remember that level, which was the highest that had been achieved by that time. Of course, the figure to which the Under-Secretary refers was not an average, but spending approached, if not matched, that level in 1979. I wanted to point out that the Conservative party is not completely neglectful of the needs of overseas development, and that we contributed to those needs an average of 0.33...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: We should reflect on the ties on the EU aid budget outside the EDF. It is compulsory that every country in the EU contributes and many of them have never spent any money on development at all. To abandon that source of money would lead to a serious reduction in the amount of aid available to poor countries.

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is it not within your power to draw the attention of the business managers of the House to the dissatisfaction of the House with the time allocated to debating the Bill?

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: Is my hon. Friend aware that US$850 million of the European development budget is being spent on Serbia and Kosovo, the same amount that is allocated for the whole of Latin America and Asia, where about 80 per cent. of the poorest people live? Is not that as much a scandal as what my hon. Friend describes?

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I want to make three points in support of my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Devon (Mr. Streeter) and the new clause and other amendments in the group. I shall speak about good governance and humanitarian aid. However, first, I want to consider whether the money allocated to international bodies such as the World Bank, the European Union, the development banks and other organisations...

Orders of the Day — International Development Bill: New Clause 2 (10 Apr 2001)

Mr Bowen Wells: I agree. We must be careful that we work with NGOs that are properly managed, organised and capable of delivering the aid to both sides impartially. If one NGO, for whatever reason, has adopted a particular position on the conflict in which it is working, I suggest that it be thereby excluded from delivering such humanitarian aid so as to maintain the impartial nature of the aid. That is...


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