Bishop Donald took part in a virtual House of Lords debate yesterday (18th June) regarding the proposed merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office.
Bishop Donald’s contribution was as follows:
My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for answering questions on this matter. On these Benches, we affirm the Government’s right to organise themselves as they think best for the common good. We look forward to greater integration between foreign and development policy and values, and we warmly commend the continued 0.7% commitment. I am grateful to have heard the noble Baroness’s assurance (Baroness Evans, Leader of the House of Lords) that the Government will remain committed to the OECD DAC rules (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee)– it would be lovely to have that repeated. Can we have another assurance that the Government will preserve the primary focus of UK aid as poverty reduction?
You can watch Bishop Donald’s speech (and the response from Baroness Evans) here – https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/439e0674-be24-40bf-93ab-0c81d58c3525?in=17:05:27&out=17:07:12.
A transcript of the full debate, including Bishop Donald’s speech, can be found here.