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IN THE CHAMBER
to reaffirm the Government‟s commitment to spending 0.7% of gross national income on aid. There had been “gratifying agreement” in the Lords about the importance of supporting developme
and the UK‟s stance inreaching the 0.7% figure. “We are, of course, the first G8 country to do so,” she said.
She added: “Especially in a period of austerity, I am very proud of the fact that we have done that and know how important it
e clear that the Government are committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on aid. Aid is defined as official development assistance by the OECD[Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development]. We need to work across departments to achieve as much as we possibly can while we work withinternational organisations, both public and private, as shown in the nutrition summit.
“We are all agreed on how important it is to deliver the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and their successors so that we
can eradicate poverty
worldwide. There is a sophisticated understanding in this House that to achieve that requires working across government.”
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“My noble friend Lady Hamwee accused me of teasing her –
something I would never dream of doing. I admire the fact that she gets the same pleasure fromtaking to bed a 200-
clause Bill plus schedules as some women get from Fifty Shades of Grey.” In his continuing bid to monopolise the quote of the
casts an approving eye over
-time reading material.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
“Can't wait to see David Dimbleby on the Nigel Farage Show
(MPs = 0) becoming the panellist to appear most often on the BBC‟s flag
ship current affairs show since 2009.