Department for International Development: Reorganisation

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th June 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the internal review that informed the decision to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Holding answer received on 23 June 2020

The Prime Minister discussed the merger with both Secretaries of State, and has concluded that in the next decade, international issues will be even more important to the lives of our citizens and our own national interest; that the world will become even more complex and competitive, with growing, interconnected challenges and opportunities for the UK; and that therefore we need a new all-of-government approach if we are to secure our values and interests in a changing world.

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