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Security Companies

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to respond to the public consultation on promoting high standards of conduct by private military and security companies. (306914)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department (a) has had and (b) is planning to have with US officials on regulation of private military and security companies in Iraq and Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (307012)

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.