To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants of her Department oversee contracts which have been awarded to external providers.
DFID has around 450 live contracts above £106,047 (the Official Journal of the European Union threshold) with external providers. Every contract is part of a programme with an approved Business Case. Each Business Case has a named Senior Responsible Owner who leads a team of commercial, financial, technical and programme management experts to oversee the delivery of the programme, including where applicable through contracts with external providers. DFID staff are usually directly involved in overseeing each contract. Their job is to ensure it delivers the intended results for the world’s poorest and value for money for the UK taxpayer.