Departmental Policy

International Development written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since 6 May 2010; on what date each such review (a) was announced and (b) is expected to publish its findings; what estimate he has made of the cost of each such review; who has been appointed to lead each such review; to what remuneration each review leader is entitled; how many (i) full-time equivalent civil servants and (ii) seconded staff are working on each such review; from which organisations such staff have been seconded; and how much on average such seconded staff will be paid for their work on the review.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 13 October 2010, Hansard column 349W, which outlines the reviews I have launched since 6 May 2010.

The Bilateral Aid Review (BAR) was announced on 16 June 2010, the Multilateral Aid Review (MAR) on 9 June 2010 and the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) on 14 July 2010. All three reviews will report in early 2011 as set out in the Department for International Development's (DFID's) Structural Reform Plan.

To date £137,000 has been committed for the BAR and £62,000 for the MAR. The HERR is estimated to cost £437,711.

The team coordinating the BAR consist of three full-time civil servants and one part-time civil servant (working on the review 80% of their time), while the MAR team is made up of three full-time civil servants and one part-time civil servant (working on the review 60% of their time). Two external reviewers are also acting as peer reviewers during the course of the MAR. The HERR secretariat consists of three full-time civil servants, two part-time civil servants (working on the review 60% and 80% of their time) and one part-time seconded staff member from the Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA) (working on the review 50% of their time). We are unable to provide details of remuneration received by this secondee as the number of staff involved is fewer than five. Staff across DFID are also providing inputs into all three reviews and it is, therefore, not possible to determine the total number of officials working on these reviews without incurring disproportionate cost.

Lord Ashdown has been appointed as Chair of the HERR and is not receiving remuneration for his role. The BAR team leader is a DFID Deputy Director, while the MAR is being overseen by the Director of DFID's International Financial Division. In line with the Coalition Government's transparency commitments, DFID is now publishing salary details of its senior civil servants in the format agreed with the Cabinet Office, which can be accessed at:

https://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-DFI D/Our-organisation1/Top-salaries/

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