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Failure of private members Bill on aid - reaction

13th Jul 2012

In response to the failure of Mark Hendrick's Private Members Bill, the International Development (Assistance  Target) Bill, to gain a Second Reading, Kathleen Spencer Chapman, Oxfam's Head of Government Relations, said:

"It is very unfortunate that one MP has decided to stand against the wishes of the vast majority of the House of Commons and block efforts to give legal force to Britain's promises to the world's poorest.  

"Enshrining a commitment to aid spending in law has all-party support and would be a historic step for the UK Government and Parliament, ensuring that lifesaving UK aid remains a cornerstone of UK policy.  The Government should respond to this setback by bringing forward their own legislation as soon as possible."