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.

Secretary of State

Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
Secretary of State for International Development
Ministers of State
Andrew Stephenson MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Rt Hon Dr Andrew Murrison MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

17 Aug 2019, 7:47 p.m.
.@AWMurrison condemns the airstrike in #Syria this week which killed 2 health workers + 1 humanitarian worker + commends bravery of men + women risking their lives to deliver vital aid. Read the statement in full here: - Link
17 Aug 2019, 11:24 a.m.
.@AlokSharma_RDG says Syrian people have suffered enough + calls for an end to violence so live-saving aid can reach them. Read @Telegraph to find out how #UKaid & @theIRC are helping the victims of conflict in #Idlib 👇 - 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
Jul. 17 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 06 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 22 Urgent Questions Hong Kong
Jul. 18 Written Statements British Council Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19
Jul. 18 Westminster Hall Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Feb. 28 Adjournment Debate Yemen
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Department for International Development Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] 2017-19 Committee Debate: House of Commons 26 February, 2019 (1) (2) 5 Mar 2019, 9:14 p.m.
A Bill was introduced to authorise the making of provision by reference to certain EU financial services legislation adopted on or before, or no later than two years after, the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU

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
5 Aug 2019, 3:53 p.m. Democratic Republic of Congo: Refugees The Lord Bishop of Durham


To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are offering the government of Burundi in hosting Congolese refugees being displaced through the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Answer (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon)

The Department for International Development’s (DFID) humanitarian programme in Burundi is addressing food insecurity and malnutrition, providing support to internally displaced people and to returning refugees and their host communities. It does not provide support to Congolese refugees. We continue to monitor the overall humanitarian situation in Burundi, including that of Congolese refugees, given ongoing risks in the country.

The UK also remains committed to reducing poverty and instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – a key driver for migration to neighbouring countries. The UK is funding stabilisation activities in Eastern DRC to address the underlying drivers of conflict, and we remain at the forefront of the humanitarian response in the DRC.

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