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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Overseas Aid

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department's share of the Official Development Assistance will decrease in the event of a decrease in GNI.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK government made the commitment, underpinned by law, to spend 0.7% of its Gross National Income each year on Official Development Assistance (ODA). Since this commitment is linked to the size of the economy, the level of ODA spend will increase or decrease in line with GNI. Discussions are ongoing on where changes might occur. HM Treasury allocates ODA budgets to departments and is responsible for making changes to these.

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