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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on whether the international debt accumulated by the Ba'ath Party regime in Iraq will continue to apply to a post-war administration.[108901]

I have been asked to reply.A change of government does not in itself affect a country's international debt obligations. However, the UK Government have made it clear they will seek a fair and sustainable solution to Iraq's debt problems.