Greening orders spending review

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has asked for an internal report into her department’s spending on technical experts and consultants, it was confirmed yesterday.

Nearly £500 million is paid annually to companies working on projects such as developing the tax system, free market and education in Third World countries – and it is understood that Ms Greening wants to be sure it represents value for taxpayers’ money.

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The Department for International Development said yesterday that the organisations had won the contracts though a competitive bid process. A spokesman said: ““As the new International Development Secretary, she is taking a close look at every aspect of the department’s spending.”