Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 27 January 2014.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the threat to regional stability from oil theft in the Niger delta.

Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Oil theft is a complex problem and its impact in the region is disputed. A recent Chatham House report concluded that

“Oil theft has not been a big security risk for Nigeria or West Africa” but has had a significant local impact on the Niger delta.

We have discussed oil theft at all levels with the Nigerian Government, including at meetings between the Prime Minister and President Jonathan and have offered to support Nigerians efforts to tackle the issue.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and to seek where we can to support regional stability. For example, we are working with regional states and organisations to tackle maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

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