Ivan Lewis MP, Labour's Shadow International Development Secretary, writing to Justine Greening MP asking for clarification of the Government's position on the International Development budget, said:
"Serious concerns have been raised that the reshuffle will pave the way for a U-turn on the Government’s promise to spend 0.7% of gross national income on official development assistance by 2013. I urge you to allay these concerns at the earliest opportunity. It would also be helpful if you could reiterate the Government’s continued support for Mark Hendrick’s Private Members’ Bill when it returns to the House of Commons. This would deliver on your manifesto commitment and the coalition agreement to enshrine 0.7% in law."