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
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)
Chris Law MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)
Mr Gregory Campbell MP (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development)
Dan Carden MP (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Hannah Bardell MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development Team Member)
Shadow Ministers
Preet Kaur Gill MP (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (International Development)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

28 Jan 2020, 1 p.m.
Meet search and rescue superhero dog Davey. He's part of @UK_ISAR_TEAM, which is funded by #UKaid. Together with his handler Lindsay, he's ready to deploy to humanitarian disasters around the world at short notice, to use UK expertise to help save lives. 🐶🐶 - Link
27 Jan 2020, 11:36 a.m.
.@LSTMnews to host high-level event on the road to the UK hosted @gavi vaccine event in June #VaccinesWork #LSTM - 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
23 Jan 2020, 4:55 p.m. Department for International Development: Climate Change Darren Jones


To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of climate change on the work of his Department; and what steps he is taking in response to that effect.

Answer (Dr Andrew Murrison)

My department has long recognised that climate change puts development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at risk. We contribute to the development of science and analysis on climate change to help improve global understanding of the challenge, as well as building the evidence of effective approaches to tackle it. Since 2011, our International Climate Finance has supported 57 million people to cope with the effects of climate change and given 26 million people improved access to clean energy.

It is clear that more global action is urgently needed to avoid dangerous climate change and environmental degradation. The Government is working hard to ensure the international climate negotiations in Glasgow in November are a success. Last year, the Prime Minister committed to double our International Climate Finance to at least £11.6 billion from 2021/22 to 2025/26, and we have also committed to align all UK aid with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. This means that we will be investing more in helping countries to build their capability to manage the impact of climate change already locked in and to support lower carbon development, with an increasing focus on nature-based solutions such as investing in sustainable forestry.

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