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UN: Procurement Task Force

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, in view of the United Nations' closure of their anti-corruption unit, to ensure that the Office of Internal Oversight Services secures the expertise and capacity necessary to complete the outstanding investigations of the United Nations Procurement Task Force on allegations of corruption from the Oil-for-Food programme. [HL4957]

The absorption of the functions of the Procurement Task Force into the investigations division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services in December 2008 secured permanent capacity to deal with outstanding investigations specifically related to the Oil for Food programme. We will work with the Secretary-General to ensure adequate resource provision to enable completion of remaining investigations into allegations of corruption in the Oil for Food programme.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support the acquisition by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services of the capacity and the broad mandate of the United Nations Procurement Task Force to permit it to investigate allegations and sanction staff and contractors who engage in bribery, collusion or fraud in procurement of United Nations funds. [HL4958]

The United Kingdom supported the absorption of the functions of the Procurement Task Force into the investigations division of the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services in December 2008. This anti-corruption unit has now become a permanent part of the oversight structures of the Office of Internal Oversight Services.