The UK is the first G8 country to legally commit to spending the UN target of 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid, thanks to MP Michael Moore.
Mr Moore – a long-time campaigner for the UK to enshrine the commitment in law – this week saw his private member’s bill pass its third reading in the House of Lords.
The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, sees the UN target achieved for the first time under the Coalition Government, and with no amendments made to the bill in the Lords, it will now proceed for Royal Assent.
The bill was piloted through the Lords by Lib Dem peer and former Borders MSP, Lord Purvis of Tweed.
A delighted Mr Moore told The Southern he still could not quite believe that the commitment had finally been achieved.
“I’m proud of the fact that not only are we the first G8 country to reach the UN target, but also that we are the first country to make a recurring commitment to the target in law,” he said.
“As a result of enshrining our aid spend in law, we can now move the debate forward, focusing on how we can transform lives in the developing world by spending aid effectively and transparently.”
And Mr Moore says it was an all-round Borders effort.
“I want to particularly thank fellow Borderer, Lord Purvis, and Alison Suttie [Baroness Suttie], from Hawick, for taking the bill successfully through the Lords.
“International development is one of the foremost issues which my constituents write to me about, so I am extremely proud to have been able to deliver this bill as MP for the Borders.”