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Iraq: Politics and Government

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 24th May 2006, Official Report, column 1862W, on Iraq, what reports he has received since May 2006 on the activities of the Facilities Protection Service; and if he will make a statement. (201950)

The Facilities Protection Service is an Iraqi internal security organisation, outside the remit of the UK forces operating in Iraq. The Iraqi Council of Ministers has recently passed a draft law, to the Council of Representatives, aimed at reforming the Facilities Protection Service and bringing all branches under the control of the Ministry of the Interior.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the safety and security of Iraqi citizens in Iraq. (205297)

UK forces have consistently taken firm action against rogue militias and criminal elements who seek to undermine or oppose progress in Iraq. We have so far trained over 20,000 army personnel and over 22,000 police officers. In addition, we put significant time and resources into improving the safety and security of Iraqi citizens and are now involved in training all companies of the Iraqi Army 14 Division.

The Government funded civilian project teams continue to mentor and develop key leaders in the Iraqi Police Service and Ministry of Interior. Our objective is to allow these leaders to develop the capacity to take control of their own security.

The UK is also working with the Government of Iraq in developing human rights legislation, including the setting up of a National Human Rights Commission. We continue to lobby the Government of Iraq at the highest level on the treatment of those in Iraqi detention to ensure that the rights of Iraqi citizens are upheld.