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Iraq: Security Guards

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on private contractors providing protection services for his Department in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2003. (162526)

The information requested by the hon. Member is as follows:

£

Iraq

2003/04

16,800,000

2004/05

49,500,000

2005/06

47,800,000

2006/07

30,400,000

2007/08

26,000,000

Afghanistan

2004

4,000,000

2005

4,000,000

2006

15,000,000

2007

19,600,000

The information above covers contracts put in place by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London with private security companies, and reflects the contract values concerned and not the actual spend. All of these contracts cover other Government Departments with the costs thereof being shared accordingly.

The FCO ensures that all contracts are subject to a rigorous selection process so that we obtain best value for money. Any company engaged by the FCO needs to pass through a stringent and transparent procurement process in line with public procurement guidelines and best practice.