Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore’s Private Members Bill on International Development Aid passed through its next stage at the House of Commons today.
It will now have report stage and third reading in the House of Commons on 5thDecember.
Mr Moore’s Bill will make it a legal requirement for the UK government to meet the UN’s target for development assistance every year at 0.7% of Gross National Income. It is titled: International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill.
The Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Conservatives each included a commitment to the legislation in their manifestos in 2010.
Commenting, Michael Moore said:
“I am very pleased that my Bill to secure UK aid for the future passed through Committee stage today and will now reach report stage and third reading in the Commons on 5th December.
“Crises around the world in Syria, Iraq and Sierra Leone demonstrate that the need for a strong British commitment to development aid is more important than ever. Longer term development in these countries, and others, is underpinned by UK aid and it is important that we give a clear signal of the predictability of our spending. This is why I brought forward this Bill to ensure our aid spend reaches the UN target in years to come.
“Not only is UK aid important in its own right, but it is also in our national interest to help people in the developing world.
“We are the first of the world’s wealthiest countries in the G7 to reach the UN 0.7% target and I believe we should also continue to show leadership to others by making it a lasting commitment.
“I hope that my Bill will help us to do that and I look forward to it making swift progress through the next stage in the Commons so it reaches the Lords in the New Year.”