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Afghanistan and Iraq

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expenditure his Department has incurred in (a) Afghanistan since 2001 and (b) Iraq since 2003; how much his Department has paid to private security companies for services provided in each year in (i) Afghanistan since 2001 and (ii) Iraq since 2003; and what the monetary value of each contract his Department has with private security companies in each such country is. (275436)

[holding answer 14 May 2009]: Calculating the total Foreign and Commonwealth Office expenditure incurred in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The amount the FCO has paid to private security companies for services in Afghanistan and Iraq is as follows:

£ million

Iraq

2003-04

16.8

2004-05

49.5

2005-06

47.8

2006-07

30.4

2007-08

26.0

2008-09

29.02

Afghanistan

2004

4.0

2005

4.0

2006

15.0

2007

19.6

2008-09

18.54

The value of each private security contract for 2008-09 is as follows:

Company

Purpose

Period

Value (£)

Iraq

Control Risks

Mobile Security

July 2008 to June 2009

20,997,006

GardaWorld

Static Security

July 2008 to June 2009

5,743,464

Minimal Risks

Intelligence Analysts

October 2007 to September 2008

867,475

Armor Group

Vehicle Maintenance

February 2009 to February 1010

378,153

Minimal Risks

Overseas Security Managers1

April 2008 to March 2009

1,035,192

Afghanistan

Armor Group

Mobile Security

April 2008 to March 2009

12,836,451

Armor Group

Static Security

April 2008 to March 2009

4,702,461

Armor Group

Vehicle Maintenance

April 2008 to March 2009

251,787

Armor Group

Police Mentors and Advisers

April 2008 to March 2009

317,530

Edinburgh International

Primary Healthcare

January to December 2008

361,162

Minimal Risks

Intelligence Advisers

November 2008 to March 2009

74,706

1 Iraq and Afghanistan combined

The information above covers contracts put in place by the FCO in London with private security companies, and reflects the contract values concerned and not the actual spend.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what allowances in addition to basic salary are paid to civilian employees of his Department working in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq. (275457)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) pays the following financial allowances to those of its staff who are UK civil servants serving in Iraq or Afghanistan in addition to basic salary:

Cost of Living Addition (COLA)—compensation for the extra costs of maintaining a UK standard of living at post.

Diplomatic Service Compensation Allowance (DSCA)—compensation for the extra cost of living in a difficult, isolated, dangerous or unhealthy location, for the disruption cause by a global mobility obligation and for representational expenses.