Conflict Prevention

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made in establishing a single board to oversee the Building Stability Overseas Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

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

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development, the three Departments jointly responsible for the Building Stability Overseas Strategy (BSOS), in 2011 established a tri-departmental board at senior official level to oversee implementation of the strategy, including overall management of the £180 million conflict pool. The board report to a director general level steering group, which is ultimately accountable for delivery of the commitments set out in BSOS. The head of the tri-departmental stabilisation unit and representatives of other Government Departments are invited to board meetings as required. The chair of the board rotates between the three Departments on an annual basis. The FCO is the current chair. The board aims to meet every two months. Parliament will be kept informed of progress in delivering BSOS through the Strategic Defence and Security Review and also through written ministerial statements. In addition, the Minister of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend Mr Duncan, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Security Strategy, my hon. Friend Mr Howarth, and I will be briefing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues on 14 March 2012 on progress made in delivering BSOS.

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