Official Development Assistance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:24 pm on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield 2:24 pm, 9th July 2020

I am sorry, but I cannot.

Thirdly, DFID’s skill is money. With the best will in the world, the Foreign Office is not that; although populated by the most brilliant diplomats, they are not very good with money and it is not fair to expect Foreign Office officials to take responsibility for running multimillion-pound projects.

The final example I will give is that, to his credit, the Prime Minister has made getting girls into school a priority. I strongly agree. To change our world, educate girls. That is why I set up the girls’ education challenge fund, which was designed to get 1 million girls into school, but looking at the right structures to deliver that is a DFID skill.