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Iraq: Overseas Aid

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department committed in each year since the invasion to (a) water and sanitation projects and (b) electrification projects in Iraq. (120236)

Since 2003, DFID has spent the following amounts to improve electricity and water and sanitation in Iraq:

£ million

Electricity

Water and Sanitation

2003-04

12.1

10.3

2004-05

6.2

1.6

2005/06

5.2

6.6

2006-07

8.2

3.3

In addition, DFID has contributed £70 million to the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRRFI). This has financed electricity, water and sanitation projects across Iraq. We have also contributed £36 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross so that they can provide emergency assistance to Iraqis. This includes access to clean water and sanitation.