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Iraq

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which officials in her Department have given evidence to the Iraq policy review processes conducted in the United States by the (a) Iraq Study Group, (b) National Security Council and (c) Pentagon; and if she will make a statement. (110127)

Our ambassadors in Washington and Baghdad held discussions with the Iraq Study Group in the course of its work.

The US Administration is currently conducting its own internal review of US policy. No Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials have given evidence to the National Security Council or the Pentagon. To our knowledge, they are not formally ‘taking evidence’ from anyone, but we are in constant dialogue with US officials about Iraq—in Washington, Baghdad and elsewhere.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a formal review of UK policy in Iraq is taking place within the Foreign Office; and if she will make a statement. (110281)

The Government keep their policy on Iraq under constant review, above all in response to events on the ground and the views of the sovereign Government of Iraq. I set out our strategy to the House on 22 November 2006 in the course of the debate on the Queen’s Speech, Official Report, columns 548-58. There will be a further opportunity for the House to address the issue in next month’s debate on Iraq and the Middle East.