Press Notice 45, Session 2006-07

International Development Committee welcomes new DFID ministerial team

The International Development Committee of the House of Commons has welcomed the appointment of Douglas Alexander as the Secretary of State for International Development and of his new, enhanced ministerial team of Shahid Malik, Gareth Thomas and Shriti Vadera. The Chairman of the Committee, Rt Hon Malcolm Bruce MP, wrote to Gordon Brown in advance of the nomination of his new ministerial team, to recommend that the number of DFID ministers be increased from two, to reflect DFID's rising budget and the size of its operations.

Malcolm Bruce said:

"DFID is a major spending Department with a budget of over £6 billion which is set to continue to rise. Nearly 100 countries around the world receive DFID funding. We very much welcome this significant strengthening of the DFID ministerial team and we look forward to working with them. There are real challenges in reaching the Millennium Development Goals, achieving real and effective development in Palestine and Afghanistan and ensuring that multilateral agencies like the World Bank, the United Nations and European Commission can help deliver UK development objectives. Our aim is to ensure that development gets the priority it deserves and that UK development assistance is used as effectively as possible."


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Lab), James Duddridge MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

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