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Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Prime Minister what proportion of recent letters and e-mails he has received are (a) in favour and (b) against military action against Iraq. [100039]

Since January, I have received over 80,000 letters and cards about the subject of Iraq. Given the volume of correspondence I receive, over one million letters in the last year covering a broad spectrum of issues, my office records the numbers of letters received on a subject rather than by the view expressed. However, I know that many people have written to me expressing concerns about the action against Iraq and I reiterate what I have said that no decision has been made to take military action and military action is not inevitable. My office works hard to ensure that all the letters receive appropriate responses.

To ask the Prime Minister what the procedure was for approving and publishing the dossier entitled Iraq—Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation; and which Minister had ultimate responsibility for its contents. [100285]

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Smith) on 10 February 2003, Official Report, column 583W and Prime Minister's Questions on 12 February 2003.