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Conflict Prevention

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what the breakdown is of the costs incurred under each peacekeeping mission to which the UK is committed; and if he will make a statement. (267721)

Based on our calculations, in 2008-09 we estimate that the UK’s share of assessed costs to individual missions paid for from within conflict resources will be as follows:

£

UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT)

18,297,738

UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)

19,968,022

UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC)

49,272,772

UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)

1,334,652

UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

25,323,581

UN African Union: UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

64,197,346

UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)

30,070,770

UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

1,392,357

UN Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT)

6,008,093

UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG)

1,462,365

UN Disengagement Observer Force Zone (UNDOF)

1,834,559

UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

24,201,172

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

7,480,504

UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)

28,307,578

UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)

1,764,832

UN International Criminal Court

5,463,876

UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

5,403,725

UN International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia

7,145,468

UN/AU UN Logistical Support to African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM)

1,960,880

Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe field missions

9,633,681

EU Common Foreign and Security

15,100,000

EU Force in Chad (EUFOR)

6,647,350

EU NAVFOR Atalanta

340,466

Total

332,611,787

We have budgeted for £456 million for assessed costs in 2009-10. As most of these costs are yet to be agreed in the relevant international forum, we do not yet have reliable estimates for individual missions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what estimate has been made of the effect on the costs to the Government of its commitments to international institutions caused by the fall in the value of sterling; and if he will make a statement. (267722)

The projected increase in the UK’s assessed peacekeeping contributions in 2009-10 is the result of both an increase in peacekeeping activity international and the fall in the value of sterling against the US dollar and the euro.

The impact of exchange rate changes in financial year 2008-09 has been partly offset by the effects of forward purchasing our foreign currency requirement.

We have earmarked £456 million for assessed costs in 2009-10. However, this remains a projection as UN peacekeeping costs are still to be negotiated by the UN General Assembly for 2009-10, and future UN peacekeeping activity remains subject to decisions by the UN Security Council. We cannot provide an accurate estimate of the additional costs caused by the fall in the value of sterling rather than through the expansion of international peacekeeping missions until the budgets for each of the individual missions are agreed and payments made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what proportion of the additional £71 million for conflict prevention, stabilisation and discretionary funding will be met by (a) his Department, (b) the Department for International Development and (c) the Ministry of Defence; and if he will make a statement. (267723)

Of the additional £71 million to be provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department for International Development (DFID) for discretionary conflict activity (conflict prevention, stabilisation and peacekeeping), £15 million (21 per cent.) has been provided by the FCO, £22.5 million (32 per cent.) by the MOD and £33.5 million (47 per cent.) by DFID.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what the allocation for South Asia and Afghanistan was before the revision announced in the Statement. (267869)

The final budgets contained within the written ministerial statement are the original and only allocation figures for South Asia and Afghanistan for financial year 2009-10.

South Asia and Afghanistan received £56.4 million in 2008-09 and has been allocated £61.3 million for 2009-10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 17-19WS, on conflict resources 2009-10, what proportion of the additional £71 million to be provided for peacekeeping activities by his Department, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence will be drawn from his Department's budget. (267870)

Of the additional £71 million to be provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department for International Development (DfID) for discretionary conflict activity (conflict prevention, stabilisation and peacekeeping), £15 million (21 per cent.) has been provided by the FCO, £22.5 million (32 per cent.) by the MOD and £33.5 million (47 per cent.) by DflD.