Overseas Aid (Assistance to the Poorest)

Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 4:07 pm on 21st January 1988.

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Mr. Brian Wilson, supported by Miss Joan Lestor, Mr. Bernie Grant, Mr. Tom Clarke, Miss Marjorie Mowlam, Mr. Sam Galbraith, Mr. David Blunkett, Mr. Keith Vaz, Mr. George Galloway, Mr. Donald Anderson and Ms. Diane Abbott, presented a Bill to amend the Overseas Development and Co-operation Act 1980 to ensure that the bulk of United Kingdom official development assistance is concentrated on the poorest countries and the poorest people living in them; that a substantial proportion of aid spending is devoted to agricultural rural development to benefit especially women and children and to require the Overseas Development Administration to establish a timetable during which overall official United Nations aid targets may be reached: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time upon Friday 12 February, and to be printed. [Bill 84].