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Department for International Development: Reorganisation

Department for International Development 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 International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of a potential loss in productivity as a result of combining her Department with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Secretary of State for International Development

The Government will implement the creation of the new Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office in the most cost-effective way possible. This is primarily about bringing together our international efforts so we can maximise the UK’s influence and positive impact around the world. By aligning our efforts, we will maximise our influence and expertise and ensure we are in the best position to confront the challenges that lie ahead. This will strengthen our ability to lead the world’s efforts to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and allow us to seize the opportunities ahead, as we prepare to take on the G7 presidency and host COP26 next year.

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