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Departmental Coordination: Overseas Aid

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had on the Delivery Agreement for Public Service Agreement 29 with (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (c) HM Treasury; and what his Department’s specific responsibility is for each of the eight indicators associated with this target. (197776)

The Delivery Board for the PSA on International Poverty Reduction (PSA 29) met for the first time in February. The Department for International Development’s (DFID) permanent secretary chaired the meeting and the permanent secretaries from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs attended, as did a representative from the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU). The delivery board are scheduled to meet in April to finalise the performance framework.

Under the framework, DFID will lead on each of the eight indicators, including establishing the baseline position and targets, and the monitoring of progress against the targets set.