Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Our work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.


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Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

2 Sep 2020, 8 a.m.
DFID has now merged with the Foreign Office to create the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. This channel is no longer active but you can keep up to date with the latest UK aid news and announcements by following @FCDOGovUK. #FCDO https://t.co/aVCYs9f0G9 - Link
1 Sep 2020, 12:50 p.m.
Foreign Secretary commits to more effective and accountable aid spending under new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office https://t.co/8H3u5oNgt0 - Link
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Department for International Development Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
May. 01 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 13 Urgent Questions Sudan
Apr. 20 Written Statements International Development
Jul. 04 Westminster Hall Forced Displacement in Africa
Jun. 20 Adjournment Debate UK Development Bank
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Department for International Development has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Department for International Development - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
19 May 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Development African Development Bank (Fifteenth Replenishment of the African Development Fund) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order approves the making of payments on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom to the African Development Bank of sums not exceeding £633,090,000 as a further contribution to the resources of the African Development Fund. The payment approved by this Order will be made pursuant to Resolution No F/BG/2020/01 adopted by the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank on 14 May 2020. The Order also provides for the redemption of non-interest-bearing and non-negotiable notes issued by the Secretary of State pursuant to those arrangements.
Laid
19 May 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Development International Development Association (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends the International Development Association (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) Order 2006 by increasing the amount that may be paid by the Secretary of State as additional contributions to the Association for debt relief from £2,154.17 million to £2,716.49 million. The adjusted amount is in accordance with arrangements made with the Association pursuant to Resolution No 211 adopted by the Board of Governors of the Association on 21st April 2006.
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Departmental Select Committee

International Development Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the International Development Committee
Sarah Champion Portrait
Sarah Champion (Labour - Rotherham)
International Development Committee Member since 29 Jan 2020
Richard Bacon Portrait
Richard Bacon (Conservative - South Norfolk)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Theo Clarke Portrait
Theo Clarke (Conservative - Stafford)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Brendan Clarke-Smith Portrait
Brendan Clarke-Smith (Conservative - Bassetlaw)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Pauline Latham Portrait
Pauline Latham (Conservative - Mid Derbyshire)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Chris Law Portrait
Chris Law (Scottish National Party - Dundee West)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ian Liddell-Grainger Portrait
Ian Liddell-Grainger (Conservative - Bridgwater and West Somerset)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Navendu Mishra Portrait
Navendu Mishra (Labour - Stockport)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Kate Osamor Portrait
Kate Osamor (Labour (Co-op) - Edmonton)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Dan Poulter Portrait
Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Virendra Sharma Portrait
Virendra Sharma (Labour - Ealing, Southall)
International Development Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
International Development Committee: Upcoming Events
International Development Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 2.30pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Salvatore Vicari - Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor at University of Central Lancashire<br/>Sultana Begum - Advocacy Manager Yemen at University of Central Lancashire<br/>Gillian Moyes - Deputy Yemen Director at Save the Children<br/><i>At 3.15pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Rt Hon James Cleverly MP - Minister for the Middle East and North Africa at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office<br/>Michael Aron - Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Yemen at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office<br/>Chris Bold - Development Director Yemen at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office<br/>
20 Apr 2021, 1:45 p.m.
Humanitarian crises monitoring: UK aid to Yemen
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International Development Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 9.30am: Oral evidence</i><br/>The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP - First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office<br/>Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE - Permanent Under-Secretary at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office<br/>
22 Apr 2021, 9 a.m.
Future of UK aid
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Department for International Development Publications


Department for International Development Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
11 Sep 2020, midnight Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance Lord Truscott (Non-affiliated - Life peer)

Question to the Department for International Development:

To ask the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body what plans they have to conduct an independent review (1) of the costs and benefits of the restoration and renewal scheme for the Palace of Westminster, and (2) of the attendant costs and benefits of decanting MPs and Members of the House of Lords to other sites.

Answered by Baroness Scott of Needham Market

The Restoration and Renewal Programme is considering the costs and benefits of a range of possible interventions for restoring the Palace of Westminster as part of the preparation of the outline business case for the works, which both Houses will be invited to endorse, as required by section 7 of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019.

On 19 May the Sponsor Body announced it would conduct a strategic review of the Programme. On 1 July I wrote to all Members of the House inviting them to make submissions to that review by 7 August, which was also notified by way of a written statement (HLWS321). Members of the House of Commons were invited to do the same by the Sponsor Body spokesperson in that House.

The costs and benefits of decanting both Houses to alternative sites was previously assessed in support of the deliberations of the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster. These sites have also been considered as part of the strategic review, alongside additional alternative sites, and the outcome of that work will form part of the review’s findings.

The review will conclude in the autumn and its findings will be considered by the Sponsor Body Board and the Commissions of both Houses in the first instance.

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