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MPs to probe Home Office raid of the aid budget with new Development Minister

2 December 2022

The new Minister for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell MP, will have the opportunity to set out his priorities and approach to aid to the International Development Committee on Tuesday December 6, 2.30pm, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

Purpose of the Session

Mr Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 to September 2012. He has since been critical of the Government’s handling of the merging of the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2020 and subsequent cuts to aid spending.

The Committee has recently begun to consider the spending of aid funding on refugees in the UK. The inquiry will consider whether spending in this way is an efficient, effective, or ethical use of public money.

MPs are likely to explore:

  • Recent announcements on Official Development Assistance
  • The FCDO’s spending priorities
  • Cross-Government aid spending, including ODA spend on hosting refugees in the UK
  • Development as part of the UK’s soft power
  • The scrutiny and transparency of aid spending.

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