Duncan voted in favour of a bill that would enshrine in law the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid.
By voting for this bill, Duncan and MPs of all parties have helped to fulfil a forty-year-old pledge our country made to help the world’s poorest and establish this in law.
The Coalition Government has already increased aid spending to 0.7% of national income in 2013, making the UK the first G7 country to reach the internationally-agreed target. Enshrining this target in law was promised in each of the three main parties’ manifesto at the last General Election.
The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill is a Private Member’s Bill brought by Duncan’s Liberal Democrat colleague Michael Moore MP. It passed Second Reading despite the opposition of a group of Conservative MPs including North Wiltshire’s James Gray MP, and will now move on to Parliament’s Committee Stage.
“Whether it’s vaccinating millions against deadly diseases, giving more children access to education, getting food to those who are starving or helping protect the most vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change, aid from the UK is saving and improving lives around the world.
“I’m delighted that, with the Liberal Democrats in Government, the UK is meeting our target of giving 0.7% of national income in aid, and it’s important that we continue to do so.
“That’s why I am pleased to support the Bill of my Lib Dem colleague Michael Moore to guarantee that we will always meet our obligation to the world’s poorest and set an example to other countries to do the same.”
Ben Jackson, CEO of Bond, the membership organisation for 420 UK relief and development charities said:
“On behalf of our members we are delighted to see so many MPs including Duncan Hames attend this important debate and vote in favour of this legislation.
“We are grateful for his support in upholding Britain’s promise of spending 0.7% of our national budget on overseas aid.”