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Iraq

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 30 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British officials will serve in the US Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance. [109330]

I have been asked to reply.British officials are being seconded from a range of Government Departments to help the US Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance. So far 19 have been identified with appropriate expertise and we are looking to increase this number. At this early stage there is no set ceiling.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department is taking to ensure the International Committee of the Red Cross gain access to all prisoners of war in Iraq. [109707]

The Ministry of Defence has been working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since the start of military operations in Iraq. The ICRC has had full and free access to all United Kingdom-held prisoners of war, and at its request, visited UK prisoner of war camps on numerous occasions. The ICRC also has access to all UK prisoners held in US theatre internment facilities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment is being made of the quantity of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases being emitted as a result of UK military activities in the invasion of Iraq. [107605]

None, though an assessment carried out by the Meteorological Office of 1992 Gulf War concluded that the carbon dioxide emitted during that operation had a negligible effect on the global climate.