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Afghanistan

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many police officers have been trained in Afghanistan in each year since 2002; and if she will make a statement. (75066)

The latest confirmed figure available for the total number of police trained in Afghanistan is 56,900, dated 31 December 2005. Since this time, however, the figures reported have been baselined to reflect the number of Afghan police both trained and equipped. On 24 April 2006 this figure stood at 30,263.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in setting up a Joint Co-ordination and Monitoring Board for the implementation of the political commitments in the Afghanistan Compact. (77171)

The Joint Co-ordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) sat for the first time, in Kabul, on 30 April 2006 and will reconvene on a quarterly basis until 2011. The board consists of 28 members.

Eight consultative groups and five cross-cutting thematic groups have also been established to help deliver recommendations on sectoral issues to the JCMB.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) Afghan national police and (b) Afghan border police officers have been trained in each year since 2003; and how many deserted after training in each year. (77180)

The latest confirmed figures available for the number of Afghan police trained are dated 31 December 2005. At that time, the total number of trained officers stood at 56,900. Since then, however, the figures compiled have been re-baselined to reflect the number of Afghan police trained and equipped. On 24 April 2006, this figure stood at 30,263: 23,000 uniformed police (Afghan national police); 1,700 highway police; 5,200 border police; and 300 counter-narcotics police.

Figures showing the number of officers trained and deserted after training are not held centrally by either the German Police Programme Office or the Ministry of Interior, and are not therefore available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK representatives sit on the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board for the implementation of the political commitments made in the Afghanistan Compact. (77182)

The Joint Co-ordination and Monitoring Board consists of a total of 28 members, seven representatives of the Afghan Government and 21 representatives of the international community. The UK occupies one of the 21 seats on the board allocated to the international community.