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Natural Resources: Armed Conflict

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department are working on policy on conflict resources. (181746)

The Department for International Developmentā€™s work on conflict resources is managed by advisory and administrative staff in both the UK and in our offices overseas where conflict is a significant barrier to development. We also contribute indirectly to conflict policy development managed by the large multi-lateral donor organisations and non governmental organisations.

As an indicator of the numbers involved, we have 110 staff working centrally on conflict and security issues, including specialist advisory staff, plus 165 staff overseas in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There will also be a number of other not readily identifiable staff working indirectly in support of those mentioned above.