Departmental Funding

Part of International Development – in the House of Commons on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Secretary of State for International Development

My apologies: I am short on voice today, about which many in the House will no doubt be very relieved. The Government’s 2019 spending review allocated sufficient funding to ensure that the UK can deliver on our commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on official development assistance in 2020-21. Thanks to this Government’s focus on a strong economy, we can deliver on this commitment, improving the lives of millions in developing countries—for example, by giving more than 14 million children access to a decent education, immunising 56 million children and supporting 52 million to access clean water and better sanitation in the past two years alone.[This section has been corrected on 4 March 2020, column 8MC — read correction]