Local MP Michael Moore has described moves to secure UK aid at 0.7% as ‘one step closer’ after the passing of his Bill in the House of Commons this week.
Mr Moore’s Bill would make it a legal requirement for the UK Government to spend the UN target of 0.7% of Gross National Income on international aid.
Under the present Government, Britain became the first country in the G7 to meet this commitment, and the Bill has been backed by the heads of top UK international development charities.
It passed its third reading the House of Commons this week, and now moves on to be debated in the House of Lords. During the debate on its Third Reading, Liberal Democrat MP Moore said: “This Bill matters because UK aid saves lives and transforms lives.
“It provides people with their most basic needs, builds capacity and contributes to vital economic development. It also honours the commitment 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.
“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 people.”
He went on: “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.”