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Iraq: Basra Airport

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Main Estimates 2007-08 (HC 438), if he will place in the Library a copy of the undertakings given to the Iraqi Ministry of Transport in relation to the provision of his Department's support services for the opening of Basra airport. (137418)

[holding answer 16 May 2007]: The UK contingent of the Multinational Force in Iraq signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Iraqi Ministry of Transport in December 2006, covering the services to be provided by each party towards the ongoing commercial operation of Basra international airport.

We will make public the text of this MOU subject to obtaining the consent of the Iraqi Government as the co-signatory. I will write to the hon. Member to inform him of their decision and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.