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Iraq Study Group

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when (a) the Prime Minister and (b) HM Ambassadors to Washington and Baghdad were first invited to make submissions to the Iraq Study Group; and on what date each submission was made; (106774)

(2) if she will publish a transcript of the evidence given to the Iraq Study Group by HM Ambassadors to Washington and Baghdad.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was invited in early October to speak to the Iraq Study Group and duly did so by videoconference from London on 14 November.

Our ambassador in Washington, Sir David Manning, was invited in April to speak to the Iraq Study Group, and duly did so on 18 May.

Our ambassador in Baghdad, Dominic Asquith, was invited to meet the Group in August, and did so, when they visited Baghdad in September.

These were all discussions, not formal submissions or evidence sessions, and no verbatim transcripts exist. The discussions covered a range of issues including the political situation in Iraq, the process of transferring security responsibility to the Iraqi security forces, economic development and the involvement of the international community and international institutions.