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Merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development

EDM (Early Day Motion) 676: tabled on 01 July 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 20 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the vital contribution the Department for International Development (DfID) has made to eradicating global poverty, combatting the climate crisis and addressing gender inequality; expresses concern at the proposed merger of DfID with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the way in which the announcement was made amid a global pandemic; calls upon the Government to ringfence the full budget for international development; further calls on the Government to guarantee a robust scrutiny framework for UK Aid in which Parliament plays a key role; urges the new Department to maintain the proportion of aid spent in developing countries and to operate on the principle of need rather than national self-interest; and further urges the new Department to prioritise investment in healthcare, nutrition and education systems and to make specific commitments on gender equality and poverty alleviation.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.