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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Secretary of State

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Secretary of State for International Development
Ministers of State
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Department for International Development)
Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith MP
Minister of State (Department for International Development)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Baroness Sugg
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Development)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)
Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (International Development)
Preet Kaur Gill (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Chris Law (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)
Baroness Sheehan (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Development)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Development)
Mr Gregory Campbell (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development)
Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development Team Member)
Shadow Ministers
Stephen Doughty (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (International Development)
Anna McMorrin (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Development)
Yasmin Qureshi (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Development)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, 1:01 p.m.
Congratulations to @BritishRedCross 150 years old today. We are delighted to celebrate the rich history of this great organisation, a provider of aid in the UK and overseas, and a partner to the UK Government. Happy anniversary to all your volunteers and staff. #UKaid - Link
4 Aug 2020, 9:32 a.m.
.@socceraid 2020 will kick-off in September The UK government and @gavi will treble your donations That means every £1 you donate to raise for SoccerAid for Unicef will become £3 #UKaid #SoccerAid https://t.co/QVEHupS9zV - 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
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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Department for International Development Select Committee

Department for International Development Select Committee Home Page

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, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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
4 Aug 2020, 10:34 a.m. Developing Countries: Health Services Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards the Every Woman Every Child goals.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The UK government welcomes the Independent Accountability Panel’s recently published report. The report highlights that global progress towards the Every Woman Every Child 2030 targets were already lagging by around 20%, and now with the current COVID-19 pandemic are likely to slip further, with significant impacts for pregnant women, children and adolescents.

The UK Government is committed to work with others to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children by 2030. We are working to ensure essential health services continue despite the challenges of the pandemic. Our approach covers sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and new-born health, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene services, all of which can help prevent mothers, new-borns and children dying unnecessarily.

We are also leading internationally: the UK hosted the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June and raised $8.8 billion for GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance’s, next five years (2021-2025) of work, including the UK’s pledge of £1.65 billion. Using these vital funds, GAVI will immunise a further 300 million children and save up to 8 million lives against vaccine preventable diseases.

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