§ Miss Lestor
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the terms of reference and the time scale for reporting back on the review of development programmes announced by him in the light of the High Court ruling on the development support for the Pergau dam project; and if he will make the review findings public.
§ Mr. Baldry
The terms of the review are to examine all ODA activities that fall under section 1 of the Overseas Development and Cooperation Act 1980 in the light of the interpretation of the Act given in the Pergau judgment by the High Court. In particular, the review will consider whether any other current activities fall outside the Act as now interpreted.
It is the intention of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to advise the House of the outcome of this review as soon as its conclusions are reached and the Government have decided whether or not to appeal against the judgment.