To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals for a cross-departmental Select Committee similar to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact to ensure (a) high standards of scrutiny across all Departments spending aid money and (b) Government accountability to the British taxpayer.
Answered by Jacob Rees-Mogg
We remain committed to full transparency in our aid spending and there will continue to be parliamentary and independent scrutiny of the aid budget. The form this takes following the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be set out in due course. In reference to a cross departmental Select Committee, I refer the Hon. member to my previous response to the Member for Brighton, Kemptown on a similar subject (59864).
Questioner: Lloyd Russell-Moyle (LAB - Brighton, Kemptown)
To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has provided instructions to the Leader of the House to amend the Standing Orders to create a Development Aid Oversight Committee similar to the Environmental Audit Committee to ensure Parliamentary oversight of UK aid spending.
Answered by Boris Johnson
I refer the hon Member to the answer my Rt Hon Friend the Foreign Secretary gave to the hon Member for North East Fife on 18 June, Official Report, Col 947.