To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 208787, what memoranda of understanding her Department has signed with other Afghan agencies in regards to the Bost Agri and Bost Airfield projects from 2009 to date; and if she will place in the Library copies of such memoranda.
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 208787, on Afghanistan, on what date her Department took the decision to discontinue the MOU; which individual authorised that decision; and for what reasons her Department ended the agreements made in the MOU.
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 December 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 and the MOU was ended as a result. 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 did not sign any other MoU or similar document in relation to the Bost Agricultural Park and Airfield Projects.