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Iraq

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 305W, to the hon. Member for Reading, East (Mr. Wilson), on Iraq, what the total contractual costs of private security companies contracted to his Department and operating in Iraq were in each year between 2003 and the latest date for which figures are available. (147295)

The information requested by my hon. Friend is provided as follows:

Value (£ per annum)

Purpose

2003-04

16,800,000

Static and Mobile Security

2004-05

49,500,000

Static and Mobile Security

2005-06

47,800,000

Static and Mobile Security

2006-07

30,400,000

Static and Mobile Security

Year: 2004-07

Value: £19,900,000

Purpose: Provision of Police Mentors and Advisers to the Government

The information above covers contracts put in place by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with private security companies for services in Iraq. The figures reflect the contract values concerned and not the actual spend. Many of these contracts cover other Government Departments. Where this is the case, proportional costs are recovered accordingly.