HC Deb 23 June 2004 vol 422 c1450W
Mr. Lyons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have been killed and injured in Iraq since the end of the war. [178138]

Mr. MacShane

26 military personnel and 16 British civilians have been killed in Iraq since 1 May 2003 when major combat operations ceased. Consular staff have also provided assistance to a large number of British civilians who have been injured. This has included visiting individuals in local hospitals, assisting with medical transfers inside Iraq and arranging medical repatriations outside of Iraq. Given the varied nature of these cases, it has not been possible to collate the total number of injured that we have assisted. To obtain this information would incur disproportionate costs.

Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 7 June 2004,Official Report, column 63W, on Iraq, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the liaison meeting between the representative of the office of the UK Special Representative for Iraq with the US authorities in Baghdad; if he will list the representations which have been made to the coalition powers on the incident; what arrangements he understands have been put in place for the investigation ordered by the US Commander of the Multinational Force in Iraq; whether it will meet and hear evidence at any stage in public; to what timescale he understands it will operate; who will undertake the investigation, and who they represent; whether the UK offered arrangements or individuals to help undertake the investigation; and if he will make a statement. [179410]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The nature of any previous discussions the UK has had with the US Government on this matter are confidential, I am therefore withholding these details under Exemption 1(c) of Part 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

The arrangements for the conduct of the investigation are for the US Government. The investigation is still under way but we have no indications when it will be completed. The United Kingdom is not involved in the investigation itself.

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