HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 c3WS
Adam Price

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent developments regarding plans to disarm Iraqi civilians. [125245]

Mr. Hoon

Our aim for Iraq is a stable, united and law-abiding state, no longer posing a threat to its neighbours or to international security.

In accordance with this aim, Coalition Provisional Authority policy, which states that no person shall possess small arms in a public place with the exception of Coalition Forces and those who have been authorised to carry weapons by Coalition Forces, is being enforced with due sensitivity to local customs.

The recent efforts to create a new Iraqi army and an Iraqi police force are an integral part of our efforts to ensure a secure environment for the people of Iraq.

Mr. Rosindell

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often he plans to rotate British troops in Iraq. [132121]

Mr. Ingram

Troops will be rotated as often as appropriate and necessary. For most units a six-month tour, with appropriate opportunity to acclimatise, has now been established.

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