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Oxfam reaction to absence of aid Bill from Queens Speech

9th May 2012

Responding to the absence of a Bill to enshrine UK aid promises in law from the Queen's Speech, Kathleen Spencer Chapman, Oxfam senior policy adviser, said: "The Government deserves credit for sticking to its aid promises during bad times as well as good. But we are disappointed at the absence of a Bill to enshrine in law Britain's commitment to providing life-saving medicines, schooling and clean water for the poorest people on the planet. 

"There is no reason to delay a Bill which has all-party support, would protect life-saving aid from future politicking and would increase the UK's standing on the world stage."