UN: Procurement Task Force

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour

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.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

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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