Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore’s Private Members Bill on International Development Aid today made it through to the next stage in the legislative process.

Commenting on the announcement that the Bill to commit 0.7% of national income on international aid has passed its Second Reading, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director, David Bull, said: 

It is a proud day for the British people. Giving aid to those who need it most is the moral and right thing to do. And by committing 0.7% in law, Britain can ensure its continued role as a global leader in supporting the world’s poorest.  

British aid saves a child’s life every two minutes – and with more reliable and longer term support it will be able to save even more.  It is vital that, having succeeded today, this Bill now proceeds unhindered through the remaining procedures to ensure that our aid commitment is enshrined in law.  

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