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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 30th March 2009.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) 4:52 pm, 30th March 2009

I am genuinely grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for allowing me to make that point quite clear. He will, of course, have read with great interest the speech of my right hon. Friend Mr. Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, on 29 June 2006. In that speech to Oxfam, he made it quite clear that

"an incoming Conservative government will keep DfID as an independent department."

That is a fact, which I am happy re-emphasise.

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