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)

16 Oct 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Deforestation and climate change are threatening Kwame's future. This is how #UKaid is helping. #ClimateAction #WorldFoodDay https://t.co/3z3zw7AX8t - Link
16 Oct 2019, 8:04 p.m.
It's estimated that 2,000,000,000 are affected by hidden hunger. The effects of climate change could make this worse. This is how #UKaid is helping. #WorldFoodDay #ClimateAction https://t.co/tfzwpID2Ip - 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. 15 Written Statements Special Representative on UK Victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA Terrorism: Indemnity
Oct. 03 Westminster Hall Sanctions Policy and Implementation
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 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
8 Oct 2019, 4:59 p.m. Developing Countries: Women's Rights Mr Jonathan Lord

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to increase women’s rights in developing countries.

Answer (Zac Goldsmith)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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