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Iraq: Ports

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which projects his Department (a) initiated, (b) oversaw, (c) directed and (d) funded in connection with the modernisation of the port of Umm Qasr; and if he will make a statement. (196916)

Since 2003 the British Military have initiated, overseen and directed 15 reconstruction projects in the vicinity of Umm Qasr to a value of approximately £500,000. These projects have been funded by the Multi-National Force Commanders Emergency Response Programme (CERPs).

Regeneration plans for the port are now being led and co-ordinated by the government of Iraq, supported by UK and US personnel in Baghdad and southern Iraq.