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Iraq: Security Guards

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much his Department spent on private contractors providing protection services in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2003; (162518)

(2) what private contractors have provided protection services for his Department in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2003.

DFID engages private security companies for security of our staff in high threat environments. ArmorGroup, Control Risks Group (CRG), and Kroll have provided mobile security for DFID staff, consultants and static guarding for our compounds in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since June 2004, DFID's security needs in Iraq have been met by contracts managed and administered by the FCO. The following costs have been incurred by DFID:

Cost to DFID (£ million)

2003-04

15.0

2004-05

14.2

2005-06

12.9

2006-07

6.1

2007-08

2

Total

38.2

1 DFID contract. 2 Not yet available.

The Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP) Iraq Strategy also has significant programme spend on Police/Prison reform—elements of police capacity building programme contracted to ArmorGroup who utilise both CRG and military (escorts) to provide security for their personnel.

In Afghanistan, DFID has awarded a number of contracts to ArmorGroup for armed protection of the main DFID office and residential compounds. These contracts also provide close protection (armed bodyguards) to staff when travelling to locations in Afghanistan deemed medium/high risk, and defensive driving training to our locally employed drivers. The value of these contracts from June 2004 to December 2006 was £3,217,691. Since January 2007, DFID's security needs have been met through a contract issued by the FCO, and the total DFID contribution to this contract this financial year was £949,567 by June 2007.