HC Deb 24 January 2000 vol 343 c39W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidelines his Department gives to British private sector companies which employ non-governmental military companies in areas of conflict in the developing world. [106128]

Mr. Battle

No specific prescriptive guidelines exist.

Both the Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office encourage British private sector companies to act responsibly in overseas investments, particularly in areas of conflict.

Both Departments provide briefing on the prevailing internal situation in specific countries on request.