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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide a line-item breakdown of contracts with private military and security companies in Afghanistan for 2006-07 indicating which line-items (a) are new, (b) have received increased funding and (c) have received decreased funding since 2005. (198010)

It is not possible to provide a line-item breakdown of contracts with private military and security companies in Afghanistan in 2006-07 for reasons of commercial confidentiality and security, although I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (Mr. Moore) on 14 November 2007, Official Report, column 319W, and also to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 841W, which detail the overall value of our security contracts in Afghanistan.

I can confirm that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office had two main contracts with private and military security companies in Afghanistan in financial year 2006-07, the first for security services and the second for police mentors and advisers. The security services contract was re-tendered in late 2006 and the police mentors and advisers contract was tendered in mid 2007. Both were awarded to ArmorGroup Services Limited.

The security services and the police mentors and advisers contracts have both received increased funding since 2005.