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Department for International Development: MoD Liaison

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Department for International Development has a dedicated liaison officer working with the Ministry of Defence. [HL766]

The Department for International Development (DfID) does not have a dedicated liaison officer in the Ministry of Defence (MoD). However, in the last month, DfID and MoD officials have agreed in principle a secondment framework to enable more staff exchange.

DfID works closely with MoD, for example in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the Stabilisation Unit—formerly the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Unit. This is a tri-departmental joint unit of MoD, DfID and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with staff from these departments and others.