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Part of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 8th September 2020.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons)

May I draw my right hon. Friend’s attention to the exchange of correspondence between our right hon. Friend the Leader of the House and me as Chairman of the Liaison Committee about the continuing scrutiny of the overseas aid budget? I welcome the fact that the Government seem to have withdrawn their proposals simply to merge the International Development Committee with the Foreign Affairs Committee. What possible justification could there be for any reduction in scrutiny by Parliament of this very substantial and complicated budget? [R]