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Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what inspections have been carried out since the end of the invasion of Iraq of dual-use chemical plants built and operated since UNSCOM reported in January 1999 on the destruction of the older chemical plants. [122504]

A number of chemical plants in Iraq which could be dual use have been visited by Coalition forces since March 2003. Sites are being identified and investigated as information becomes available. Investigations may require more than one visit to certain sites and the process will not be quick. The Government have made clear its determination to assemble evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and we aim to make public our findings where appropriate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the number of civilians killed in Iraq since 1 January. [114209]

We have no means of ascertaining the numbers of military or civilian lives lost during decisive military operations in Iraq, although we made every effort to minimise civilian casualties.