UK Civilian Stabilisation Capacity
Asked about the initiative, the PMS said that there would be up to 200 people at any one time mobilised to any country where there was conflict and a need for immediate action to help the local population.
Asked if the civilians were volunteers, the PMS said that they would be made up of policemen, people from various councils, civil servants, people from the legal community, agricultural advisers, administrators, telecoms experts and ex-military personnel, so it was quite a varied range of people who could provide help.
Asked when the first deployment would be sent out, the PMS replied that there was already a pool of police officers who carried out a similar role, so this was expanding that function. It would be funded by 10million a year from the UK Stabilisation Fund.
Asked if this was specifically for Afghanistan, the PMS said it could be for any crisis. Asked if this was in response to criticism levelled at DfID in the Iraq Inquiry, that something similar did not happen in the aftermath of the invasion, the PMS said it was something that had been considered for some time. DfID provided personnel with different expertise to help in these sorts of situations. This was putting it on a much more formal footing and providing funding so that it could be deployed more quickly in different areas but particularly in Afghanistan.
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