I refer the hon. Members to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Members for Billericay (Mr. Baron) and Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh).
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Billericay (Mr. Baron).
No estimate has been made of the security costs of Op. Sinbad as this role is conducted by deployed military resources with no additional cost incurred.
The UK has allocated some £2 million for quick impact projects and some $60 million of US administered Commanders Emergency Response Programme funds has been allocated for the non-security element of Op. Sinbad and further development activities in Basra. To date, some 7,080 locally employed civilians have been employed in support of the non security element of Op. Sinbad. We are not able to estimate how many Iraqi civilian jobs will be created as a result of Op. Sinbad but we would expect our efforts to stimulate the local economy thereby creating significant opportunities for local Baswaris, particularly over the medium to long-term.
UK forces have not been asked specifically to undertake any role as a contribution to Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration. Nevertheless UK forces are working, in concert with Iraqi Security Forces, to generate a security situation in which Prime Minister Maliki’s Reconciliation initiative can progress and develop.