The latest progress report from the Department for International Development - placed on the 10 Downing Street website yesterday - admits that legislation to give legal force to the UK's promise to give 0.7 per cent of national income in aid could be delayed until 2015. The legislation was originally promised during the last parliamentary session.
Claire Godfrey, Oxfam senior policy adviser, said: "We are disappointed the Government has again put off its pledge to legislate to safeguard Britain's aid commitments . Enshrining in law our promises to the poorest is vital to ensure they do not fall victim to future politicking - there can be no excuse for further delay.
"But we are encouraged by the Government's continued commitment to making the significant increase in life-saving aid it has promised. The most important thing now is for ministers to deliver that on time and on target next year."
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Notes to editors:
The progress report can be found at http://www.number10.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/DFID-SRP-update-may-2012.pdf
The relevant excerpt is below
Deadline(s) missed Status Reason
1.1(i) Enshrine in law our commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on official development assistance (ODA) from 2013, as soon as Parliamentary time allows Still not complete Parliamentary time still being sought so action has been carried forward into our refreshed Business Plan for 2012-15 with a revised end date of March 2015.