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Development Assistance

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria are applied in assessing the costs of overheads in departmentally-administered development assistance. (98040)

DFID has separate budgets for Programme and Administration costs. The Administration budget provides for the cost of managing development assistance and covers pay, accommodation, travel and other costs of DFID staff in the UK and overseas, and the costs of consultants supplementing DFID’s management capacity. Administration costs are subject to efficiency targets and kept under review to make sure they are value for money.