Departmental Public Expenditure

Defence written question – answered on 30th November 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what budget headings his Department's allocation to the (a) Afghanistan Delivery Groups, (b) Tri-Departmental Stabilisation Unit and (c) Conflict Pool referred to in his Department's Winter Supplementary Estimate for 2009-10 will be spent.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Secretary of State for Defence

As outlined by the Foreign Secretary in a written ministerial statement on 25 March 2009, the newly combined conflict pool subsumes all activity under the conflict prevention pool and Stabilisation Aid Fund. Since this change occurred halfway through the financial year, the headings under which they appear in the parliamentary estimate have to remain as detailed at main estimates. Since then, it has been confirmed that the overall responsibility for the conflict pool rests with DFID and as such, the funding rests on that baseline.

The MOD will continue to run those programmes for which we have the necessary experience and technical knowledge. The £6.729 million indicated in the WSE represent the transfer of authority of those funds that the MOD no longer maintains financial authority for, as responsibility for all previous SAF programmes has now moved to DFID. Activities carried out by the MOD in terms of the SAF and CPP can be seen the Departmental Resource and Accounts:

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