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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th March 2015.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on (a) how many sets of accounts for expenditure in 2013 by NATO and its agencies have not been finalised and (b) what the timetable is for completing those accounts and passing them to the International Board of Auditors of NATO; and what assessment he has made of when such accounts will be audited and published.

Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on (a) how many sets of accounts for expenditure in 2013 by NATO and its agencies have been completed, (b) how many such sets have been audited by the International Board of Auditors of NATO, (c) how many audited accounts have been published together with their audit reports, and on what dates, and (d) what the timetable is for (i) publishing the remaining audited accounts and audit statement and (ii) auditing and publishing any as yet unaudited 2013 accounts.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The UK scrutinises all financial audit reports conducted by the International Board of Auditors of NATO (IBAN) on NATO and its entities. However, the Department does not hold all of the information referred to and has therefore requested it from NATO.

NATO recently decided to publish all unclassified NATO audit reports as well as a range of other financial information. We welcome this positive step towards improved financial transparency within the Alliance.

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