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.
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 MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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.
|Jul. 17||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Jun. 10||Topical Questions||Topical Questions|
|Oct. 08||Urgent Questions||US Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria|
|Jun. 08||Written Statements||Global Health Security Update|
|Oct. 31||Westminster Hall||Disability-inclusive Development|
|Feb. 28||Adjournment Debate||Yemen|
Department for International Development has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.
19 May 2020
|Department for International Development||African Development Bank (Fifteenth Replenishment of the African Development Fund) Order 2020 Parliamentary Status - 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.|
19 May 2020
|Department for International Development||International Development Association (Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative) (Amendment) Order 2020 Parliamentary Status - 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.|
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.
|Jul. 03||Sight for Sorghums: Comparisons of Satellite-and Ground-Based Sorghum Yield Estimates in Mali||Research and Statistics|
|Jul. 03||Smallholder maize area and yield mapping at national scales with Google Earth Engine||Research and Statistics|
|Jul. 03||Eyes in the Sky, Boots on the Ground: Assessing Satellite-and Ground-Based Approaches to Crop Yield Measurement and Analysis||Research and Statistics|
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.
|2 Jul 2020, 4:18 p.m.||Rohingya: Refugees||Sarah Champion|
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on her Department's support for the Rohingya refugees.
Answer (Nigel Adams)
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Rohingya refugee camps. From the start of the crisis, DFID has worked with partners to help mitigate the impact of the virus on the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. Our existing work has been adapted to respond to the crisis. UK funding has helped to establish isolation and treatment centres, such as a 60-bed facility, to treat severe and critical cases, as well as the delivery of home-based healthcare and monitoring. We are supporting WHO to coordinate the health response with the Government. Our funding is also distributing soap and building more handwashing structures; and producing and rolling out a range of communication tools to share vital information.
While we have prioritised budget and activities to focus on the immediate impact of COVID-19, we continue to deliver our routine support comprising providing food and nutrition, shelter, health, protection, water and sanitation, targeted support for women and girls, and the elderly. We also fund the education sector which – while learning centres are closed - is supporting caregivers for learning at home and preparing for the Myanmar curriculum pilot rollout.
Whilst every effort is being made to minimise transmission in the camps, the highly congested conditions and vulnerability of the population will pose major challenges when cases reach peak levels. We will continue to work closely with our implementing partners and the humanitarian community in Cox’s Bazar to respond as best as possible.
We remain committed in our support of Rohingya refugees in both Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Development Secretary has recently undertaken a virtual visit to Bangladesh and had the opportunity to see the continued humanitarian needs of the Rohingya. She stressed the UK’s continued commitment to helping Bangladesh and the refugees the country is hosting.