Private Military and Security Companies: Regulation

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 November 2010, Official Report, column 59WS, on private military and security companies, what (a) process and (b) timetable he plans to follow to appoint a trade association to monitor and audit compliance of a UK code of conduct for private military and security companies; and (i) by what means and (ii) against what baseline he intends to review his policy two years after its implementation to assess whether standards have been raised.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

In December 2010, two trade associations submitted proposals to fulfil the role of monitoring and auditing compliance of national standards for the UK Private Military and Security Company industry. These have been reviewed by Whitehall officials and proposals will shortly be considered by National Security Council members and thereafter announced to this House. At that stage we will provide further details, including how we will monitor compliance with the national code of conduct and establish the baseline for the two-year policy review.

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