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Iraq: Resettlement

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 October 2007, Official Report, columns 27-28W, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff, whether the scheme will apply to (a) non-Iraqi nationals who work, or have worked, for UK armed forces and civilian missions in Iraq since 2003 and (b) staff who work, or have worked, for UK armed forces and civilian missions in Iraq who have been injured as a result of, or in the course of their service regardless of whether they meet the other criteria. (157540)

I respect and value the brave and selfless service of all our staff, including those from third countries. But their circumstances are qualitatively different from those of our Iraqi local staff. We have no plans to extend the assistance scheme to those not covered by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's written ministerial statement on 9 October 2007, Official Report, columns 27-28WS.