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Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 747W, on Venezuela, what assessment he has made of the (a) impartiality, (b) funding streams and (c) personnel involved in Transparency International in Venezuela. (168569)

[holding answer 27 November 2007]: Globally, we consider Transparency International to be a professional and impartial organisation, doing important work. The UK is committed to combating international corruption. Like other Governments, we look at Transparency International's annual index with interest, as it raises awareness of the continued need to combat corruption both here and overseas.

We work with Governments and civil society organisations such as Transparency International on projects to combat corruption, including in Venezuela. When I discussed corruption with the Venezuelan ambassador on 26 November, I took note of his concerns about Transparency International in Venezuela. We agreed that efforts to combat the problem of corruption in Venezuela were welcome and would continue to receive the UK's support.