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Stabilisation Unit

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people are employed in his Department's Stabilisation Unit (a) centrally, (b) in each theatre of operation and (c) to deal with each theatre; how many have been drawn from each contributing Department; what the annual running costs of the unit are; how much the unit has spent in each theatre in which it operates in the last 12 months; and what plans there are to audit its (i) performance and (ii) efficiency. (244005)

The breakdown of staff by Department and theatre is shown in the following table.

The running costs of the unit in the current financial year are £3.6 million. Total programme spend in 2008-09 is estimated at £5.4 million and spent as follows: £1.8 million in Afghanistan, £2.0 million in Sudan, £0.3 million in Iraq, £1.3 million on building future capability, £1 million in Georgia.

The stabilisation unit is subject to the Department for International Development's (DFID) audit arrangements. This includes external financial and value for money audit by the National Audit Office and periodic internal review by DFID’s Internal Audit Department (IAD).

Department source

Number of staff

Of which in London

In theatre

DFID

15

13

1 (Afghanistan)

1 (Iraq)

MOD

7

6

1 (Afghanistan)

Serving Military

3

3

FCO

2

2

HMT

1

1

Cabinet Office

1

1

BERR

1

0

1 (Sudan)

Police Service of Northern Ireland

1

0

1 (Afghanistan)

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1

1

Under recruitment

3

3

Total

35

30

5

In addition, the Unit currently has 25 civilian experts overseas on fixed-term consultancy contracts longer than three months—17 in Afghanistan, four in Sudan, two in Iraq and two elsewhere in Africa.