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Lords debates reduction in UK development aid

29 April 2021


On Wednesday 28 April, the House of Lords debated the reduction in UK development aid and its impact on achieving the objectives outlined in the Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy.

Speakers included the founder of the Relief and Development Institute and a former board member of Oxfam.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

The debate took place in Grand Committee, away from the main chamber.

Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), former chair of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth, put forward the debate.

Members taking part included:

  • Baroness Sugg (Conservative), former Minister for Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development
  • Lord Chidgey (Liberal Democrat), chair of the Commonwealth Policy Development Centre
  • Lord Hannay of Chiswick (Crossbench), former UK permanent representative to the United Nations
  • Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws (Labour), director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Conservative), Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, responded on behalf of the government.

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