I am delighted to have the opportunity to present this petition on UK aid on behalf of my constituents. The signatures were gathered mainly through local churches, and I particularly wish to thank Rev. Robin Hill from Longniddry and Gladsmuir parish churches for his support.
The petition states:
The Petition of citizens of the United Kingdom,
Declares that while around the world UK aid has already made an enormous difference in helping people lift themselves out of poverty, we must not stop now.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to enshrine in law their commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on aid by 2013.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.