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EDM (Early Day Motion) 288A2: tabled on 16 December 1996

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 2 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by David Alton on 03 December 1996. This is amendment number 2.

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Suggested amendment

after `overseas aid' insert `further notes that the Cairo Programme of Action of the 1994 UN International Conference on Population and Development identified at least 350 million couples world wide without access to a full range of family planning services and set a target of reducing infant mortality rates by one third by the year 2000; supports the Government policy "Children by choice not chance"; and calls for a sustained and steady increase in investment in reproductive and sexual health services in the overseas aid budget from the present 3% to the 4% Cairo target.'.

Original motion text

That this House affirms the importance of British overseas aid to the developing world; notes that properly targeted aid is a sound investment for the British taxpayer and can assist in preventing conflicts; further notes that despite a commitment from the Government to progress towards the United Nations recommended minimum expenditure of 0.7 per cent. of gross domestic product that the overseas aid budget has been continually cut back and deplores the recently announced cut of ú180 million, a sum equivalent to an 8.4 per cent. reduction in overseas aid; and calls on the Government, in the light of current crisis in Central Africa and famine conditions elsewhere, to abandon the proposed cut in overseas aid.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.