Moore’s Bill securing UK International Aid gets Lords’ support

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Borders MP Michael Moore is celebrating his Bill, to secure future UK international aid, passing its third reading in the Lords.

Mr Moore’s Private Members Bill, the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, will enshrine UK aid spending in law at the UN target of 0.7% of national income - making the UK the first country in the G8 to meet this commitment.

Now, through Mr Moore’s Bill, the UK will continue to reach the target in the years to come.

With no amendments made to the Bill in the Lords it will now proceed for Royal Assent and become law.

Mr Moore MP said: “It has been a long campaign to secure our aid spend for the future but we have finally made it.

“I am proud of the fact that not only are we the first G8 country to reach the UN target but also that we are the first country to make a recurring commitment to the target in law.

“As a result of enshrining our aid spend in law, we can now move the debate forward, focusing on how we can transform lives in the developing world by spending aid effectively and transparently.

“As a Liberal Democrat, I am proud of the efforts of my party in this area over many years and I want to particularly thank fellow Borderer Lord Purvis for taking the Bill successfully through the Lords.

“International Development is one of the foremost issues which my constituents write to me about so I am extremely proud to have been able to deliver this Bill as MP for the Borders.”

The Bill is the result of Mr Moore’s success in the MPs’ ballot for a Private Member’s Bill after over 20 years of trying and his UK international aid Bill is one of the few Private Members Bills that looks as if it will make the statute books.