When Google helps, Mary Creagh’s Written Questions

The new and last Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (unless the Labour Party loses the 2015 General Election), posted similar written question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department for International Development. The question(s) was/were:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department allocated to the Conflict Pool in (a) 2014-15 and (b) each of the five previous financial years.

Ministry of Defence
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department allocated to the Conflict Pool in (a) 2014-15 and (b) each of the five previous financial years.

Department for International Development
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department allocated to the Conflict Pool in (a) 2014-15 and (b) each of the five previous financial years.

Creagh got her answers from all three departments–FCO, MOD and the DFID It reveals that the Conflict Pool, soon to be the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) (see page 133 of the British Army Journal 2004) IS NOT funded by any or all of the three departments but by HM Treasury.

Yet this question is easily google-ble. Check it out (Conflict Pool Treasury Funding and Conflict, Stability and Security Fund Funding. It’s so easy and the information is provided by the long established Independent Committee for Aid Impact and other organisations. Isn’t this a waste of time asking a question which can be google-ed? And not forgetting that the question has been asked before!! (See this question by Bob Ainsworth a Labour Party Colleague. Do Shadow Ministers just aimlessly ask written questions?!

Note: Once again I am not a member of any UK political party.

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