Foreign aid is a bargaining chip with developing countries, securing contracts for British oil, finance, infrastructure and military contractors, often structured via British tax havens, from the City of London
The law requiring 0.7 per cent of gross national income to be spent on aid will be reviewed - as ministers hunt for badly-needed savings
The amount the Department for International Development can funnel through its private equity arm will be increased from £1.5 billion to £6 billion - and possibly £12 billion
The money will be counted as Overseas Development Assistance
The UK invested £5bn for energy in countries such as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013
Government departments have effectively been banned from promoting initiatives that are not central to the party’s key election themes of crime, the economy, immigration and welfare
Former Shadow Health Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, says an obsession with targets and spending was 'killing patients'
The healthy snack is under threat, with insect plagues reducing global supplies. Rosie Millard wonders where we’d be without the lovable fruit and its comic potential
Almost £500,000 of goods and equipment "confiscated" by terror group as aid budget row continues
TaxPayers' Alliance says countries with space programmes should not be receiving money from UK mean to be going to world's poorest
After causing waves of offence and being gently rebuked by his party leadership, Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has belatedly apologised and promised not to use the term “bongo bongo land” again.
But Godfrey Bloom shrugs off criticism saying his remarks would 'probably double my vote in the north of England'
Chancellor also announced £300bn of new capital spending projects by the end of the decade - including the largest programme of road building in 50 years
'We are still as far away from the target of balancing the deficit as we were in 2010'
There is growing speculation that spending on schools will be squeezed by £1bn, even though it is officially one of three 'ring-fenced' budgets along with health and overseas aid
Chancellor has demanded £11.5bn in spending reductions, with most Whitehall departments required to find savings of up to 10%