International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:15 pm on 27th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Butler of Brockwell Lord Butler of Brockwell Crossbench 2:15 pm, 27th February 2015

My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for his generous words. He said that there would be a proper course for a future Government to repeal the Bill, but that that would have to be done in the glare of publicity, which would of course be extremely difficult. The Minister said that the effect of the amendment would be that a future Government would have to decide to implement it. Precisely—that is what I believe ought to happen when we are so near an election and a new Government will shortly be coming in.

This is a point of principle. I regret to try the patience of the House but, for one last time, I beg leave to seek the opinion of the House.