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Asylum Seekers: Democratic Republicof Congo — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:46 pm on 17th May 2011.

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Photo of The Bishop of Exeter The Bishop of Exeter Bishop 2:46 pm, 17th May 2011

My Lords, this is Christian Aid week, and up and down the country large numbers of people are raising funds to alleviate poverty in the most needy parts of the world, including the Democratic Republic of Congo. Is it not unfortunate in this of all weeks that any Minister should suggest a weakening of the commitment in the coalition agreement to enshrine spending 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas development aid? Is the Minister in a position to affirm that that commitment remains intact?