UK 'suspends Commonwealth funding after procurement row'

Britain 'suspends £4.7million of Commonwealth funding following rule breaches on awarding contracts' Foreign Office says conditions imposed on chunk of Commonwealth funding The move comes after claims of irregularities in Secretariat awarding contracts  Baroness Scotland has denied wrongdoing after concerns raised by auditors 

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 08:32 GMT, 12 February 2020 | Updated: 08:32 GMT, 12 February 2020

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Commonwealth Secretary-general Baroness Scotland was criticised by auditors for 'circumventing' usual rules in awarding a £250,000 consultancy to a firm run by a friend. She has denied any wrongdoing.

Commonwealth Secretary-general Baroness Scotland was criticised by auditors for 'circumventing' usual rules in awarding a £250,000 consultancy to a firm run by a friend. She has denied any wrongdoing.

Britain has suspended a chunk of its funding to the Commonwealth Secretariat amid a row over financial controls, it was revealed today. 

The government said handing over the money - around £4.7million a year - had been made 'conditional' on the body's processes meeting high standards.

The move emerged after secretary-general Baroness Scotland was criticised by auditors for 'circumventing' usual rules in awarding a £250,000 consultancy to a firm run by a friend. She has denied

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