• Overseas aid is not just the right thing, but the smart thing to do. Building a safer, more stable and prosperous world will help protect our citizens from diseases like Ebola, prevent failed states becoming havens for terrorists, build long-term markets for our businesses, reduce the pressure on migration to the UK and win Britain credit on the world stage. It is overwhelmingly in our national interest.

• We are meeting our commitment to the world’s poorest people to spend 0.7 per cent of GNI on aid, equivalent to 1.6p in every pound the government spends. This is immunising millions against diseases, giving people access to better sanitation, helping 10 million starving children and enabling millions of children to attend school. We are also working to improve governance and boost trade in developing countries and ensure aid gets to those who need it.

• Between 1990 and 2010 the world halved the number of people living on less than $1.25-a-day or 80p , lifting 700 million people out of extreme poverty. Access to an improved drinking water source also became a reality for 2.3 billion people. In 2012, 90 per cent of children in developing regions attended primary school, up from 83% in 2000. Six million children under 5 died in 2012 compared to 12 million in 1990. Our aid contributed to this incredible progress.