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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2342W, on Iraq/Afghanistan, if he will keep the families of the dead soldiers informed of proceedings; when he expects arrests to take place; which Iraqi police divisions he expects to carry out the arrests; whether British troops are expected to be involved; what recent discussions he has had with the Iraqi authorities on this investigation; and what progress has been made in the investigation. (95320)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 7 June 2006, Official Report, column 624W. My right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary has since discussed this case with the Iraqi Prime Minister and his Interior Minister on 27 August. The British ambassador in Baghdad raised it with the Iraqi Interior Minister in a recent meeting, and we are continuing to provide whatever assistance the Central Criminal Court of Iraq needs. The families continue to be kept fully informed.