Borders MP Michael Moore has been praised by the Save the Children charity for his International Development Bill which had its second reading in Westminster last Friday.
Mr Moore said, as part of the UK, Scotland’s support for the world’s poor “goes further and our impact is stronger”. His Private Member’s Bill makes it a legal requirement for the UK to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on aid.
The bill is backed by the heads of the UK’s top international development charities and Justin Forsyth, Save the Children CEO said: “Parliament has taken a giant step towards making history.
“To enshrine in law the commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aid, a long term guarantee of help to those who need it most, will save millions of children’s lives. There is great kudos to Mr Moore for bringing forward the Bill and to all MPs who voted in favour of saving children’s lives. It’s a landmark moment for our country and a time to be proud.”