House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd October 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Warsi on 24 September (WS126-27), in what ways and to what extent local government officials in Helmand have taken control of vital infrastructure; and how the United Kingdom is currently supporting the local government.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The Helmand provincial government have full responsibility for delivering public services, including vital infrastructure. The provincial government also co-ordinate all Afghan government departments operating in Helmand to ensure that the provision of infrastructure meets the needs of Helmandis.

The UK, with our Danish partners, supports local government in Helmand by providing financial and technical assistance. This includes support to the operation and maintenance of key infrastructure.

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