HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 cc1078-9W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what new measures he plans to ensure the safety of British civilians who are helping to deliver aid and reconstruction in Iraq. [173648]

Hilary Benn

Extensive measures are taken to protect all DFID staff and contractors. All DFID staff and consultants employed individually are provided with body armour, safety and communications equipment, security training, briefing and armed protection. Contractors are responsible for the security arrangements of their staff but the costs are covered by the UK Government. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in receipt of DFID support are also responsible for their own security. DFID maintains a regular dialogue with them on security issues and will fund their security needs where appropriate. All of these security arrangements are kept under constant review.