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Iraq: Reconstruction

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many contracts for reconstruction projects in Iraq have been awarded to UK businesses. (267422)

Full information on contracts for reconstruction projects in Iraq is not held centrally and to collate would incur disproportionate cost. It would involve accessing information held by the government of Iraq, coalition partners, a full range of international and commercial partners alongside that held by the Government.

From the Government's perspective, the Department for International Development has issued 117 contracts for our bi-lateral Iraq programme since March 2003. These all relate to our technical assistance projects in Iraq and are mostly small (under £100,000) and often to individual consultants. Some are considerably larger with sixteen over £1 million in value and the highest of £11,700,000. Our main contracts have been won by UK businesses such as Coffey International, Mott MacDonald, and PA Consulting.