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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of the delegates who elected a mayor and council in Mosul on 5 May 2003 were women; and how many of those elected to office were women. [112938]

We do not know the procedure by which the town council was chose, nor do we know its composition. I have asked the British official working with the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Northern Iraq to find out. When she replies, I will write to my hon. Friend.