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Iraq: Reconstruction

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on reconstruction in Iraq in each financial year since 2002-03. (148971)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's financial contribution to reconstruction in Iraq is made principally through the tri-departmental global conflict prevention pool and the peacekeeping pool, managed jointly with the Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence.

The spend upon Iraq from these pools since 2003 is as follows:

£

2003-04

4,995,000

2004-05

28,625,000

2005-06

28,442,000

2006-07

40,947,000

We have also contributed to the NATO training mission in Iraq and to the EU Just Lex rule of law mission for Iraq.

NATO

£

2004-05

173,000

2005-06

250,000

EU Just Lex

£

2005-06

1,603,000

2006-07

2,277,000

The programmes that the FCO, DFID and MOD fund through the GCPP and the peacekeeping pool aim to build the capacity of the Iraqi Government, including support to the criminal justice system, civil society, human rights and the central Ministries in Baghdad. Spend is higher in 2006-07 than in other years, due to the implementation of a comprehensive programme of work in Basra to address governance, rule of law and security issues. MOD, DFID and FCO agreed to commit an extra £20 million over two years for Basra on top of existing funds.

The NTMI provides leadership training opportunities for the Iraqi security forces. EU Just Lex conducts out of country training for senior Iraqi police, members of the judiciary and penitentiary staff. It has trained over 1,000 officers since its inception in 2005.