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Bahrain: Technical Assistance

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL8932, tabled on 25 June 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL8314), what has changed since the disclosure of details about the implementers and beneficiaries of UK technical assistance in Bahrain for 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16 following Freedom of Information requests which prevents them disclosing similar details for 2017–18; and what impact their inability to disclose such details has on the transparency of their support for Bahrain.

Answered on

9 July 2018

The UK has been providing a range of technical and practical assistance to the Government of Bahrain since 2012, in support of its reform programme. Technical assistance continues to support the building of effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and police and justice reform. As I outlined in my answer to the recent questions HL7775 and HL8315, we have a duty to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our partners. All of our work is in line with international standards and the Government's requirements on transparency. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided numerous updates on its programme work in its annual Human Rights Reports.