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Security Guards

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts were awarded by his Department to private military security companies for work in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other countries in each of the last five years; what was the (i) value and (ii) purpose of each such contract; and if he will make a statement. (127016)

For information on contracts let in Iraq I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Derek Conway) on 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1657W.

For the purposes of this response I have taken the question to refer to armed security contracts overseas. One contract was awarded by the MOD in Afghanistan in financial year 2006-07, with a value of approximately £35,000. The contract was for the provision of security for UK civilian advisors to the Afghan MOD.

No other contracts of this type have been awarded in the last five years.