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Question to the Prime Minister on international malnutrition
24/01/2013 12:20:00


I was selected by random ballot to ask a question during Prime Minister's Questions, which gave me the opportunity to ask about international malnutrition, and what we can do with our presidency of the G8 to help.

Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central; Conservative)

Around the world, 170 million children under the age of five are stunted. That means that they are so malnourished that it has affected their physical and possibly their cognitive development. The world has enough food for everyone. As leading non-governmental organisations such as Save the Children launch a major campaign against malnutrition, will the Prime Minister tell us what action the United Kingdom will be taking during its presidency of the G8?

David Cameron (Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this issue, particularly as we chair the G8 this year, and because some of the leading non-governmental organisations, including Save the Children, have quite rightly launched that campaign today. Above all, what Britain will be doing is meeting the commitment we made to spend 0.7% of our gross national income on aid - a commitment that we have made and that we have kept, whereas many other countries have broken their promises. We will be using that money to make sure that we focus on the issues of malnutrition, under-nutrition and stunting, because it is not acceptable, in 2013, that so many millions of families in the world go hungry every day and every night.

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On 24/01/2013 14:30:00 Jim wrote:
I would rather decide for myself how my money is spent on charitable causes. I resent the government taxing me so it can make the decision for me. DFID is full of Guardian reading socialists who have never had a normal job in their lives. They can't be trusted to spend money wisely.



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