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Harriett Baldwin seeks assurances on Department for International Development and Foreign Office merger

18th June 2020

Speaking in the debate on the DFID-FCO merger, Harriett Baldwin seeks assurances on UK support for the world’s poorest and most dispossessed, aid spent in the poorest and most conflict-affect countries will continue and the campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl will remain a priority.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

I had the privilege of being a merged Minister in both the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development, and I could see how well our embassies and high commissions worked across Africa presenting a “one UK” face to the world. Will the Foreign Secretary reassure me on three points: first, that he will be a strong voice in Cabinet for the world’s poorest and most dispossessed; secondly, that the proportion of the aid budget that is spent in the poorest and most conflict-affected countries will continue to be significant and at least where it is now; and thirdly, that he will prioritise the campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl?

Dominic Raab

I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the fantastic job she did. It is hard to believe but we do believe we can do even better by integrating, through this merger, the aid and foreign policy functions. She asked three specific questions; it is a yes on all three counts. Indeed, one of the first things I did yesterday was speak to Professor Paul Collier, one of a number of experts in the field, to look at how we can maximise our aid effort alongside our foreign policy, our trade and our wider international security objectives.



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