Lib Dem plans to make it a legal requirement to spend 0.7% of gross national income on international aid are one step closer to being realised.
Today Michael Moore’s International Aid Bill, which enshrines in law Britain’s commitment to UN aid targets, passed in the House of Commons,
Britain was the first country in the G7 to meet the commitment and the Bill has been backed by the heads of top UK international development charities.
It passed its third reading despite attempts by some Tory backbenchers to use parliamentary tricks to block it.
During the debate on third reading, Liberal Democrat Michael Moore said:
“This Bill matters because UK aid saves and transforms lives. It provides people with their most basic needs, builds capacity and contributes to vital economic development.
"It also honours the commitments the three main UK political made in their 2010 manifestos.
“Through this Bill we will give predictability to our partners and aid recipients and we will show leadership around the world and encourage other countries to join us.
“Passing this Bill will move the debate on to how we spend aid rather than how much we spend and it will ensure proper scrutiny of our aid spend.
“I wish to thank all supporters of the Bill including MPs from all parties, campaign groups, NGOs and colleagues across the House and I am proud that today we are taking this step.”
Notes to Editors
The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill 2014-15 was presented to Parliament on 2 July 2014 through the Private Members' Bill ballot, sponsored by Michael Moore MP.
The Bill would put into legislation the target of spending at least 0.7% of national income on aid.
The Bill completed its committee stage on 11 November 2014. It had its second reading debate on 12 September 2014.