Liberal Democrats are one step closer to enshrining the UK aid target in law after winning a crucial vote in the House of Commons today.
In government Liberal Democrats made sure the UK met the UN's international aid target of 0.7%.
As the only country in the G7 to meet the target, Liberal Democrat Michael Moore MP tabled a Private Member's Bill to enshrine in law our commitment to meeting that target year after year.
At the Bill's second reading today MPs voted in support of the Bill.
It now moves to the committee stage.
At the debate Michael said:
“Right now we are in the midst of an almighty debate about our future.
“Development is a small but important part of the debate in Scotland. Reaching the UN target is an achievement of the UK as a whole, including Scotland.
“As part of the UK, Scotland belongs to a family of nations which are the world’s second largest donors of international aid.
“And we are not passive in this process either with 40% of the staff at DFID based in Abercrombie House in East Kilbride.
“Together, with the rest of the UK, our money goes further and our impact is stronger.
“Scots who want their country to be a force for compassion and relief should reflect on what we have achieved today.”
On the bill, he added:
“Enshrining the 0.7% target in law will move on the aid debate from how much we spend to how we spend it.
“This bill will make sure as a country we provide people in grave need with lifesaving support - including food, water, shelter and medical assistance.
“It will also set an example to other wealthy countries to persuade them to join us in this commitment.
“I am extremely proud Liberal Democrats in Government have delivered on the 0.7% target and continue to demonstrate our commitment to the world’s poorest.
“I want to thank all the NGOs who have supported my efforts to move this bill forward.”
CEO of Save the Children Justin Forsyth said:
“Being an outward-looking, generous country is what makes Britain great and we should be very proud of having reached the 0.7% aid target.
“Enshrining the target in law, by backing Michael Moore’s bill, is the historic final stage of this cross-party commitment.
“It ensures that British aid continues to change and save the lives of millions of children around the world.”