UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has three permanent positions in Baghdad, consisting of one UK-based officer and two locally engaged staff. One of the locally engaged positions is a long-standing post. The other two posts were created in 2009.
Alongside the full-time staff allocation, UKTI is currently employing two business consultants in Iraq on contracts that run through to the end of July 2009.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many grants for British trade in Iraq have been given to British defence companies wishing to participate in the UK Trade and Investment Export Marketing Research Scheme; and what was the total amount of the grants. [HL4038]
UK Trade and Investment supports the Export Marketing Research Scheme (EMRS) through Chambers of Commerce in the UK.
British Chambers of Commerce have checked their records dating back to 1999 and have no records of any request for EMRS from British defence companies and therefore no grant money has been released in this respect.
My right honourable friend, the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills led a high level business delegation of 23 UK companies and one business support organisation to Basra and Baghdad in April 2009.
The Middle East Association has taken four UK trade missions to the Kurdistan Regional Governate over the period 2006-09.