The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) launched a public consultation on the Government’s proposed policy to promote high standards of conduct in the Private Military and Security Companies industry internationally on 24 April 2009.
We received detailed responses from over 20 organisations and individuals. Officials have analysed these in detail. We will publish the final summary of responses, including a Government response to the contributions received, today, 16 December 2009, on the FCO website. This will be announced by a written ministerial statement laid before the House on the same day.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has maintained a regular dialogue with US officials on the question of international regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs), since June 2008. The US, UK and Swiss Governments in conjunction with industry representatives, relevant trade associations and non-governmental organisations have been working together to agree a set of draft international standards for the PMSC industry. We hope to agree these standards in the course of next year.