International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:30 pm on 27th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Lamont of Lerwick Lord Lamont of Lerwick Conservative 12:30 pm, 27th February 2015

My Lords, I support this amendment and what has been said by my noble friend Lord Forsyth and the noble Lord, Lord West. I do not believe in hypothecation of expenditure but given that the Government believe in the hypothecation of defence expenditure, and the problems referred to by the two noble Lords who have spoken, why are the Government blocking the Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill in the House of Commons? That Bill specifies the ring-fencing of defence expenditure so as to meet the 2% target. Why meet it for overseas aid but not have a Bill to enshrine that, too, in the legislation which the Government are blocking in the House of Commons?