Divisions – International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill

On 26th February 2015, bishops took part in three divisions on the Government’s International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, The Bill proposes to enshrine in Law the commitment to spend 0.7% of UK GDI on International Development. 

House of Lords Division Lobby
House of Lords Division Lobby

Amendment 1

Crossbench Peer Lord Butler proposed an amendment which would require the Treasury to assent to maintaining 0.7% of spending on International Development following each spending round.

The Bishop of Derby and Bishop of Carlisle both voted ‘not content’ with Lord Butler’s amendment.

Contents 56 | Not-Contents 151 | Amendment 1 disagreed

(Via Parliament.UK)

Amendment 21

Conservative Peer Lord Forsyth proposed an amendment which would require the Government to suspend the requirement to spend 0.7% on international development in years where defence expenditure is greater than 35%.

The Bishop of Derby and Bishop of Carlisle both voted ‘not content’ with Lord Forsyth’s amendment.

Contents: 41 | Not Contents: 124 | Amendment 21 disagreed

(Via Parliament.UK)

Amendment 25

Crossbench Peer Lord Butler proposed an amendment which would require thnew Act to come into force an any day after 1st June 2015 following the approval by Statutory Instrument laid before each House of Parliament.

The Bishop of Carlisle voted ‘not content’ with Lord Butler’s amendment.

Contents: 30 | Not Contents: 108 | Amendment 25 disagreed

(Via Parliament.UK)