13 July 2006
New Development White Paper must follow through on G8 promises
Speaking following today’s launch of the new International Development White Paper, Edinburgh West MP and Liberal Democrat spokesman John Barrett MP said:
“Today’s White Paper is a timely review of progress towards delivery of the promises made last year to tackle global poverty. However too many of these are yet to be fulfilled.
“It is no longer enough to simply commit more money, what is now required is more effective delivery and greater bang for our buck. The National Audit Office Report last week showed that too often, DFID has little idea if it is getting good value for money out of the money it spends.
“The Secretary of State’s words on global warming are positive. However, they run the risk of being undermined by UK Government policy on the environment which sets a bad example for developing countries grappling with their own environmental and energy problems.
“Ultimately, DFID will be judged not on how much money it spends, but how effectively it is distributed, and what lasting difference it makes. It is important that today’s White Paper steers the department in this direction.”
· John Barrett was today responding to the statement in the House on the new international development White Paper.