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

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 Elizabeth Truss MP
Minister for Women and Equalities
Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith MP
Minister of State (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)

9 Dec 2019, 1:02 p.m.
New team of British medics to tackle measles outbreak in Samoa over Christmas as crisis continues to claim children’s lives: - Link
4 Dec 2019, 4:57 p.m.
UK aid support has helped @NCA_UK reach a £190 million settlement with a Pakistani businessman. The money will be returned to the State of Pakistan. Read more here: - 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
Oct. 02 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 08 Urgent Questions US Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria
Oct. 17 Written Statements Aid Sector: Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment
Oct. 31 Westminster Hall Disability-inclusive Development
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) 27 Sep 2019, 12:06 p.m.
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. 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 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 Nov 2019, 5:39 p.m. Middle East: Humanitarian Aid Lord Truscott


To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on humanitarian aid in the Middle East over the last 12 months.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

2019 UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend will be published in Autumn 2020.

The UK spent £393 million of bilateral ODA on humanitarian aid in the Middle East in 2018.

The UK’s core funding to multilateral agencies also contributes to humanitarian aid in the Middle East.

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