Oral Answers to Questions - International Development

Sir Alan Haselhurst (Saffron Walden) (Con): To those who continue to doubt whether, in this time of austerity, we should stick to our eminently worthwhile target, is it not worth pointing out that 99.3% of gross national income will still be available for all other purposes?

The Secretary of State for International Development (Mr Andrew Mitchell): My right hon. Friend makes an extremely good point. Many Members will agree that under 1% of gross national income is an incredibly good investment in the future prosperity and security of the countries in which we work as well as in Britain’s prosperity and security.