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Departmental Finance

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to Lord Jones of Cheltenham of 11 May 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA159, on the Department for International Development: Comprehensive Spending Review, and with reference to page 40 paragraph 10.7 of the April 2009 Value for Money Update, what amount of value for money savings has been made by his Department as a result of sharing offices with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in each country where such office-sharing arrangements exist. (277684)

Co-locating and sharing offices with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), where practical and feasible, can provide certain opportunities to reduce costs and to improve the effectiveness of our work abroad. In some countries these opportunities will contribute to the Department for International Development's (DFID) overall target to deliver value for money savings in administration costs. Progress towards this target is set out in DFID's Autumn Performance Report and Departmental Report. These documents are available in the Library of the House and on the DFID website: