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Iraq: Resettlement

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written statement of 9 October, Official Report, columns 27-8WS, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff, whether Iraqi nationals who are admitted to the United Kingdom under the Gateway Protection Programme will be subject to the normal annual limit on places available under the programme. (157964)

I have been asked to reply.

In his address to the House on Monday 8 October my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced a review of the Government's assistance to our locally engaged staff in Iraq.

Subsequent to this announcement, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made a written ministerial statement to the House on 9 October which outlined, in more detail, the Government's intention regarding these staff.

The Government's current position is outlined in these two announcements, and there is an undertaking by the Foreign Secretary to announce further details.