Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2013.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on each training programme it ran in Bahrain in each year since 2008.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Bilateral Programme Funds, we spent approximately £15,000 in both financial year (FY) 2008-09 and FY 2009-10. In FY 2010-11, while there was a small allocation of FCO Bilateral Programme Funds for Bahrain, none of this allocation was used for training courses. In FY 2011-12 we spent approximately £40,000 on training programmes in Bahrain, and Bahrain was included in further regional projects. For this financial year and the following two we have allocated approximately £250,000 for training programmes in Bahrain, and also included Bahrain in regional projects. Included within this total is a youth engagement project for £17,000, capacity building for a community reconciliation project up to £195,000, and a project to introduce the Ministry of Interior to UK best practice in community policing. We have spent £13,000 this financial year so far, and we expect to be funding more training programmes as we look to work with the Bahraini authorities in the fields of human rights, the judiciary, and on grass-roots reconciliation initiatives.

This money has, for example, funded human rights training for senior officials from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Human Rights, and Ministry of Social Development. It has also enabled us to share best practice for developing an independent monitoring and public reporting system for places of detention to prevent mistreatment and torture. The FCO also funds regional training programmes which will have included and benefited Bahrainis over the last five years.

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