Afghanistan: Refugees

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7 September 2023.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Security)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance his Department provides on the definition of a 'Government Department' as set out in Category 4 of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

Section 16 of the online ARAP application form ('What was your Employing Department?') provides a list of the relevant Government Departments to applicants.

The ARAP team works across Government to conduct checks with relevant Departments by whom the applicant was employed, contracted to or worked alongside, in partnership with or closely supported or assisted.

While any UK Government Department that operated in Afghanistan could be considered a relevant Department, the following are the most applicable: Ministry of Defence, Home Office, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

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