International Development Act 2002

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation2002 c. 1


International Development Act 2002

2002 Chapter 1

An Act to make provision relating to the provision of assistance for countries outside the United Kingdom; to make provision with respect to certain international financial institutions and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission; and for connected purposes.

[26th February 2002]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Assistance

Part 1

Assistance

Provision of assistance

Provision of assistance

S-1 Development assistance

1 Development assistance

(1) The Secretary of State may provide any person or body with development assistance if he is satisfied that the provision of the assistance is likely to contribute to a reduction in poverty.

(2) In this Act ‘development assistance’ means assistance provided for the purpose of—

(a) furthering sustainable development in one or more countries outside the United Kingdom, or

(b) improving the welfare of the population of one or more such countries.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (2)(a) ‘sustainable development’ includes any development that is, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, prudent having regard to the likelihood of its generating lasting benefits for the population of the country or countries in relation to which it is provided.

S-2 Development assistance for British overseas territories

2 Development assistance for British overseas territories

2 Development assistance for British overseas territories

The Secretary of State may also provide any person or body with development assistance in a case where the requirement of section 1(1) is not met, if the assistance is provided in relation to one or more of the territories for the time being mentioned in Schedule 6 to the British Nationality Act 1981 (c. 61) (British overseas territories).

S-3 Humanitarian assistance

3 Humanitarian assistance

The Secretary of State may provide any person or body with assistance for the purpose of alleviating the effects of a natural or man-made disaster or other emergency on the population of one or more countries outside the United Kingdom.

S-4 Supplementary powers

4 Supplementary powers

(1) The Secretary of State may with a view to preparing for or facilitating the exercise of his powers under section 1, 2 or 3—

(a) enter into arrangements with any person or body (including arrangements to provide assistance), or

(b) carry on any other activities.

(2) The Secretary of State may—

(a) support, by way of subscription or otherwise, any organisation that exists (wholly or partly) for one or more relevant purposes,

(b) contribute to any fund that is intended to be used (wholly or partly) for one or more relevant purposes, or

(c) promote, or assist any person or body to promote, awareness of global poverty and of the means of reducing such poverty,

if he is satisfied that to do so is likely to contribute to a reduction in poverty.

(3) Subsection (2) is without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1).

(4) For the purposes of subsection (2) ‘relevant purpose’ means—

(a) a purpose mentioned in section 1(2)(a) or (b) or 3, or

(b) a purpose that broadly corresponds to such a purpose.

Form of assistance

Form of assistance

S-5 Meaning of ‘assistance’

5 Meaning of ‘assistance’

(1) In this Act ‘assistance’ means assistance in any form or of any nature, including—

(a) financial or technical assistance, and

(b) assistance consisting in a supply of materials.

(2) In subsection (1) ‘technical assistance’ includes assistance that—

(a) consists in know-how in the form of personnel, training or the provision of the results of research, or

(b) is provided in the form of a scholarship.

S-6 Financial assistance

6 Financial assistance

(1) Financial assistance may be provided under this Act—

(a) by way of grant or loan,

(b) in the form of a guarantee, or

(c) by the Secretary of State acquiring securities of a company.

(2) More than one form of financial assistance may be provided in any case.

(3) In this section—

‘company’ includes any body corporate, wherever registered; and

‘securities’, in relation to a company, means shares (including stock), debentures, bonds and other securities, whether constituting a charge on the assets of the company or not.

(4) This section is subject to section 7(3) (Treasury approval required for certain financial assistance).

S-7 Terms on which assistance is provided

7 Terms on which assistance is provided

(1) The Secretary of State may provide assistance under this Act on such terms and conditions (if any) as he may determine.

(2) Assistance, other than financial assistance, may be provided—

(a) free of charge, or

(b) on such terms as to payment as the Secretary of State may determine.

(3) Financial assistance (other than a grant) may be provided under this Act only if the Treasury have approved the terms and conditions on which it is provided.

(4) Approval may be given either with respect to a particular case or with respect to a class of cases.

S-8 Arrangements with third parties

8 Arrangements with third parties

(1) Any power conferred on the Secretary of State by sections 1 to 4 to provide assistance to any person or body, or carry on any other activities, includes a power to enter into arrangements to secure that such assistance is provided, or (as the case may be) activities are carried on, by one or more other persons.

(2) The arrangements may provide for the Secretary of State to make payments to persons who provide facilities in pursuance of the arrangements.

Powers of statutory bodies

Powers of statutory bodies

S-9 Powers of statutory bodies

9 Powers of statutory bodies

(1) Each of the statutory bodies mentioned in Schedule 1 may enter into and carry out agreements for the purpose of—

(a) furthering sustainable development in one or more countries outside the United Kingdom,

(b) improving the welfare of the population of one or more such countries, or

(c) alleviating the effects of a natural or man-made disaster or other emergency on the population of one or more such countries.

(2) An agreement entered into by a statutory body under this section (‘an authorised agreement’) must not make provision for the body to provide financial assistance.

(3) Before entering into an authorised agreement, the statutory body must obtain the consent of the Secretary of State.

(4) The Secretary of State may give his consent for that purpose—

(a) where the statutory body concerned is a Scottish body or is within section 10(1)(b), only with the approval of the Scottish Ministers, and

(b) where the statutory body concerned is a Welsh body, only with the approval of the National Assembly for Wales.

(5) An order may be made under this subsection to amend Schedule 1 by making additions to or deletions from the statutory bodies for the time being listed there.

(6) The power conferred by subsection (5) is exercisable—

(a) in the case of any order relating to a Scottish body, by the Scottish Ministers,

(b) in the case of any order relating to a statutory body within section 10(1)(b), by the Secretary of State acting with the consent of the Scottish Ministers,

(c) in the case of any order relating to a Welsh body, by the National Assembly for Wales, and

(d) in any other case, by the Secretary of State.

S-10 Meaning of ‘Scottish body’, ‘Welsh body’, etc

10 Meaning of ‘Scottish body’, ‘Welsh body’, etc

10 Meaning of ‘Scottish body’, ‘Welsh body’, etc

(1) For the purposes of section 9—

(a) ‘Scottish body’ means a statutory body all of whose functions meet the following requirements, namely—

(i) they are exercisable in or as regards Scotland, and

(ii) they do not relate to reserved matters (within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46)); and

(b) a body falls within this paragraph if it has, in addition to other functions, functions that meet the requirements of paragraph (a)(i) and (ii).

(2) For the purposes of that section ‘Welsh body’ means a statutory body—

(a) whose functions are exercisable only or mainly in or as regards...

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