Role - International Development Committee

Welcome to the International Development Committee website.

The International Development Committee (IDC) monitors the policy, administration and spending of the Department for International Development (DFID) and its associated public bodies and takes an interest in the policies and procedures of the multilateral agencies and non-government organisations to which DFID contributes.

The Committee consists of eleven backbench Members of Parliament. The Committee's Chair is Stephen Twigg MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool, West Derby.

The Committee is an investigative Committee rather than a legislative Committee: it sets its own programme and chooses subjects for inquiries. For each inquiry, a press notice is issued listing the terms of reference and inviting interested parties to send written submissions. For most inquiries, the Committee will also hold question and answer "oral evidence" sessions with witnesses. These are held in public, normally in a Committee Room at the Houses of Parliament.

Webcasts of recent oral evidence sessions can be viewed at Parliament TV. If you would like to receive press releases from the Committee please e-mail

Current inquiries, oral and written evidence, as well as Reports and Publications produced by the Committee can be found on these pages.

Members of the International Development Committee also sit on the Committees on Arms Export Controls. Further information on this joint Committee's work can be found here Committees on Arms Export Controls.

A full account of the International Development Committee's activities is published in the House of Commons Sessional Return.

Department for International Development

DFID is the part of the UK government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.

Department for International Development (external link)

History of the Committee

The International Development Committee was created in 1997 in response to the creation of DFID (from what had formerly been the Overseas Development Administration).

International (or "overseas") development has been the subject of sustained select committee interest since 1967. In session 1967-68 Sub-Committee C of the Estimates Committee produced a report on Overseas Aid. From 1968 a separate Select Committee on Overseas Aid was established (later named the ‘Select Committee on Overseas Development’).

Standing Order No 152 (Select Committees related to Government Departments) was amended on 8 July 1997 to provide for an International Development Committee to be established to examine the expenditure, policy and administration of the newly separate Department for International Development (DFID).