Afghanistan

International Development written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will publish a list of all consultancy groups and sub-contractors used by her Department on the Bost Agri-Business and airfield projects in Afghanistan.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

The Bost industrial business park proposal was originally approved by officials in 2009 at a time when Ministers did not approve spend under £40 million. In 2012 it became clear that the project could no longer be completed within the original timeframe and in good order. To avoid wasting taxpayers' money I decided that UK funding for the project should be cancelled. The completed park designs have been handed over to the Afghan authorities to enable them to pursue the project over a revised time frame. DFID's work on Bost airfield was completed in November 2013.

The following consultancy groups were paid directly by DFID on the Bost Airfield and Business Park programme:

Coffey International;

Crown Agents; and

Mott Macdonald.

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