Clause 17 - Interpretation

International Development Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:15 pm ar 15 Mawrth 2001.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

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

Photo of Dr Jenny Tonge Dr Jenny Tonge Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol, Richmond Park

Would the Minister explain exactly what clause 17(2) means? I presume that it refers to refugees coming to and going from their country of origin.

Photo of Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

I am looking desperately for reassurance—and it is forthcoming. The answer is yes.

Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (International Development)

It would have been helpful if there had been some clarification about the clause in the explanatory notes, but I cannot find any.

Photo of Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

Clause 17 is fairly self-evident. It provides a general interpretation of some of the terms used in the Bill. I could go into more detail on subsections(1) and (2), but I believe that they speak for themselves.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 17 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 18 and 19 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedules 4 and 5 agreed to.

Clause 20 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 6 agreed to.