Official Development Assistance Budget

Part of Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Taiwo Owatemi Taiwo Owatemi Labour, Coventry North West

The UK is rightly proud of its commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on international aid. The decision by the Government to merge these Departments has been met with criticism by some world-leading international development charities. Former Prime Ministers have also criticised the decision, with David Cameron describing it as a “mistake”. Our international aid commitment can and does save lives, so will the Minister confirm that the budget for international aid will be ring-fenced within a future Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office?