Tories Claim Labour Is Wasting Aid to Africa; POLITICS

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Tories Claim Labour Is Wasting Aid to Africa; POLITICS


The Tories yesterday criticised the Government for "throwing money" at international development without ensuring it is well spent.

Tory frontbencher Baroness Rawlings made the claim in a debate on the United Nation's millennium development goals, which include halving extreme poverty and halting the spread of HIV/Aids.

Lady Rawlings said: "We must be ever mindful of the trap the Government seems almost too keen to fall into - throwing money at problems and ignoring the results."

She said the Tories would establish an independent aid watchdog "to provide an impartial and objective analysis of the effectiveness of British aid."

Lady Rawlings said the Conservative Party was committed to increasing aid provided.

But she added: "Aid must be transparent, which is why we propose to publish British aid spending on the Department for International Development website so the public can see where the money is going and its effect. Aid needs to be scrutinised, focused on output and directly linked to empowering the poor.

"We feel we can meet these goals, but it will take an aid overhaul.

Spending should be untied. It should be linked to genuine progress.

"We must make certain the money we spend is being well spent and the aid we provide is making a real difference.

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