'IF' Campaign on Global Hunger
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I welcome the ‘IF’ campaign on global hunger because I agree that it is not acceptable that in 2013 that there are still nearly a billion people globally who are hungry or malnourished.

This year, the Government will meet its commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on development spending, and the UK is the first G8 country to meet this commitment. Britain is leading the fight against global hunger and will continue to do so in 2013. As President of the G8 this year, we will build on the work we have already done to stop hunger. Ministers will use a major event before our G8 summit to drive further global action to reduce hunger and malnutrition. They will also drive forward progress on the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

The Prime Minister has put tackling tax avoidance at the top of the G8 agenda. We live in a globalised economy where no one country can, on its own, effectively tackle tax evasion and aggressive avoidance, which is why the UK is taking this opportunity to galvanise collective international action. In the Prime Minister’s recent letter to G8 leaders he highlighted that they can lead the way in information sharing to tackle abuses of the system, including in developing countries, so that Governments can collect the taxes due to them.

With regards to the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes, this is highly specific to the UK and as such cannot be applied to other countries’ taxes. Ministers have however held discussions with a number of countries who are looking to introduce their own disclosure rules to share our experience of Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes.

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