§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, in discussing the level of reparations that it is intended Iraq should pay, they will distinguish between an Iraq still governed by Saddam Hussein, and one in which he and his government have been overthrown, given that they and other members of the coalition have frequently stated that their quarrel is not with the Iraqi people.
The Earl of Caithness:
Iraq has accepted that it is liable under international law for loss, damage and injury arising out of its invasion of Kuwait. Under Security Council Resolution 687, the Security Council has decided to create a fund from which claims for compensation may be paid, and has directed the Secretary General to make detailed recommendations for such a fund, taking into account Iraq's ability to pay and the needs of the Iraqi people. It is for individual governments and their nationals to decide what claims to put forward.