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Iraq

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 30 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the terms of reference are for the US Office of Humanitarian Assistance and Reconstruction in Iraq; and if he will list the people appointed, their nationalities and their gender. [109304]

[holding answer 28 April 2003]: The Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) was established by the US Department of Defence to provide transitional civilian authority for post-conflict Iraq, under coalition control. ORHA continues to recruit specialist staff as the scope of the reconstruction of Iraq becomes clearer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the organisations invited by the USA to attend a conference to discuss the Iraqi Interim Authority; and which are women's organisations. [109320]

[holding answer of 28 April 2003]: The US organisers issued invitations to individual Iraqis, not organisations, to participate in a meeting in Nasiriyah on 15 April. Six Iraqi women were invited; four are reported to have attended and three spoke publicly. The Coalition is committed to promoting the inclusion of women in all phases and at all levels of the reconstruction of Iraq in line with UN Resolution 1325 (October 2000).

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the people flown back to Iraq by the US to work with Ahmad Chalabi are women. [109739]

[holding answer 29 April 2003]: We have no information on how many of Chalabi's group are women.