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Iraq

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many trade delegations from Iraq have visited the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

We have readily available information only on officially supported inward missions of which there were one in each of the years 1988–89 and 1989–90. There was Iraqi participation in two multi-country inward missions in 1985–86 and 1987–88.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many British trade delegations have visited Iraq in each of the last five years with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry;2) how many trade delegations have visited Iraq in each of the last five years with the knowledge of his Department.

The number of trade delegations, including trade fair groups, missions and seminar participants, that have visited Iraq with Government support in each of the last five years is as follows:

Number
1985–86Three
1986–87Four
1987–88Four
1988–89Three
1989–90Six
Unsupported missions are a matter for the companies concerned.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will supply the names of companies who have been on trade delegations to Iraq in each of the last five years.

It would not be appropriate to provide this information which is a matter between my Department and the companies concerned.