HC Deb 18 June 1997 vol 296 cc175-6W
Mr. Flight

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action Her Majesty's Government are taking to obtain the balance of compensation owed by Iraq to former British hostages held in Kuwait, following the Iraqi invasion in 1990; and if he will make a statement. [4171]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

Payment of outstanding compensation depends on the flow of money into the Compensation Fund under UN Security Council resolution (SCR) 986 (oil for food). The UK co-sponsored the renewal of this resolution on 4 June (SCR 1111) permitting Iraq to export up to US$2 billion of oil for a further six months.