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Terrorism: Crime Prevention

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on delivery of the CONTEST programme overseas in each financial year since 2006-07; how much has been allocated for such expenditure in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; which (i) projects and (ii) organisations received money under the programme in each year since 2006-07; how much each received; and if he will make a statement. (267523)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) contribution to CONTEST overseas in 2006-07 and 2007-08 was £7.2 million and £8.9 million respectively. The FCO has allocated a further £127 million over the current comprehensive spending review, which includes £35 million in 2008-2009, £39 million in 2009-2010 and £53 million in 2010-11.

Projects that aim to improve capabilities to counter terrorism in priority countries are allocated funding. In order to protect the safety and security of organisations delivering sensitive projects overseas we do not routinely name projects or organisations that have received funding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures he has put in place to ensure (a) financial audit and (b) value for money in expenditure made as part of the CONTEST programme overseas. (267524)

All projects are managed by our officials in our embassies overseas. Our embassies are routinely audited by our internal audit team.

All proposals for project funding undergo a rigorous assessment process to ensure that each project provides good value for money. Projects are also evaluated on completion, during which further consideration is given to whether the project offered good value for money. The impact of projects is carefully monitored through a process agreed with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and the National Audit Office.