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Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his policy that the reconstruction of the (a) infrastructure and (b) private homes damaged or destroyed in the invasion of Iraq should be paid for by Iraq. [111710]

We have committed £115 million to the humanitarian and reconstruction effort in Iraq with a further £95 million set aside to support further needs as they arise. We are working hard through the Coalition Provisional Authority to ensure that progress is being made in restoring the civilian infrastructure, including with the Iraqi Ministries. Iraq's long-term reconstruction needs will be substantial and it is too soon to determine specific allocations for the reconstruction of private property.