- The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office—how are government departments re-organised?
- What is changing?
- Why are departments re-organised?
- Is there a limit on how many re-organisations can happen?
- Is there a formal process for re-organising departments?
- Further reading
Public Law analysis: On 16 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced to Parliament that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) will merge to form the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). In this analysis, Chris Rhodes at the House of Commons Library gives background to this change and answers common questions about departmental re-organisations, also known as ‘machinery of government’ changes.
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