US and UK Governments

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  • United Kingdom

    This section contains information and documents relating to the UK Government and its ongoing involvement in Iraq

    • Hansard

      House of Commons Daily Debates

    • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      Updated site regularly with news and statements. The FCO has a news page within their 'Relations with Iraq' section.

    • theyworkforyou.com

      'Everything MPs say in the House of Commons is recorded in a document called Hansard. TheyWorkForYou.com helps make sense of this vital democratic resource and, crucially, allows you to add your own comments and links to the official transcripts of Parliament.'

    • Department for International Development
      • Development Assistance in Iraq: Interim Report (Jan 2005)

        Report presented to the House of Commons International Development Committe. Notes the difficulties of the conditions that DfID are working in, and hence the lack of analysis from NGOs and government agencies that it would normally expect. Oral evidence includes statements by Jim Drummond, head of DfID's Iraq Directorate, Mr Michael Anderson, Head, Middle East and North Africa Department, andMrDavid Hallam, Iraq Senior Programme Manager, Department for International Development,

        Mr Quentin Davies: "it is quite clear to me that a lot of the money being spent by DFID is quite inconsistent with the principles in the 1998 Act of Parliament which governs your existence which says that you can only spend money on poverty reduction because a lot of the money is being spent, and I think very sensibly spent, on capacity building, that is to say, advice, consultancy to the Iraqi administration. The Adam Smith Institute, for example, has a contract from DFID to help restructure some of the Iraqi ministries, in fact physically restructure them, even suggesting how the minister’s office should be laid out, I discovered, but most importantly, of course, what kind of tasks, what kind of functions, what kind of capabilities were required and giving advice on decision-making procedures and so forth, but it is not poverty reduction except by an extraordinary leap of the the imagination."

        "DFID has also developed a “National Programme” primarily to provide advice to the new IIG on core central government functions. DFID has a £3 million programme to assist the IIG in the design and implementation of essential economic reform programmes, which will also help Iraqin its negotiations for a debt-reduction package. DFID has also provided over £3 million towards an IMF technical assistance package for Iraq. This support has provided training for Iraqi oYcials in a wide range of public financial management areas."

      • Iraq Country Assistance Plan (19 Feb 2004)

        20-page document laying out the DFID's plan for assistance to Iraq until March 2005. Also includes a useful summary of social and economic conditions in early 2003. According to the plan, most British aid for humanitarian and relief projects is channeled through the ICRC and other NGOs. The DFID retains for itself direct control of governance and society-building projects, where it foresees an activist role for itself. DFID priorities will include improving government statistics and transparency, consolidating the budget process, encouraging government action to protect the poor and vulnerable, and changing the government role from that of command and control to that of 'regulator and facilitator within a market-based system'. An Arabic version is also available.

      • Iraq Updates

        Summaries (in PDF format) of DFID's work in Iraq. Generally upbeat, with photos and human interest stories showing the successes of DFID projects in Iraq. They seem to be produced monthly now, although in the past they have appeared more frequently. The most recent update can always be found here.

      • Procurement contracts for Iraq

        Lists of contracts let by DfID's procurement department in the last two calendar years. For example, in November 2005 a contract for £349,538 was let to Adam Smith International Ltd for 'Economic Reform Programme II'.

      • HM Treasury
        • Budget 2006: Chapter 6 (22 March 2006)

          Budget 2006 announces £800 million of provision for the Special Reserve in 2006-07, set aside from within existing public spending plans, to help meet the costs of Iraq, Afghanistan and other international commitments and further allocates £200 million from the Reserves in 2006-07 to support ongoing peacekeeping activity across the world through the Global Conflict Prevention Pool.

        • Pre-Budget Report 2004 (02 Dec 2004)

          'Yesterday I announced £520 million for the Special Reserve for Iraq and our international obligations. And I thank our armed forces for their dedication and courage.

          Having since September 11th doubled the budget to 2008 for security at home, I am releasing a further £105 million for necessary security measures to counter terrorism, enhance surveillance at ports and improve civil resilience. '

        • Spending Review 2004 (July 2004)

          Military expenditure will rise to £33.447bn in 2007-8. When Labour came to power in 1997 it was £20.945bn

        • Budget 2003 (March 2003)

          6.6 The 2002 Pre-Budget Report confirmed the Government's plans for public spending in 2002-03. The Pre-Budget Report also made a special contingency allocation of £1 billion to ensure that resources were available for the UK's international defence and security needs. These resources allowed the UK's armed forces to prepare, on a contingency basis, for the event that the Iraqi regime failed to comply with the conditions set down in United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1441.

          6.7 The failure of the Iraqi regime to comply with the will of the international community as expressed in resolution 1441 led to the commencement in March of coalition military action to enforce these conditions. The Government has therefore increased its contingency provision to £3 billion to ensure that resources are available to cover the full cost of the UK's military obligations.

      • Ministry of Defence
      • Prime Minister's Office
    • United States

      This section contains information and documents relating to the United States Government and its ongoing involvement in Iraq

    • European Union
      • Recommendations for renewed European Union engagement with Iraq (June 2006)

        This communication from the European Commission sets out the overall objectives of EU policy towards Iraq:

        1. Contribute to a consolidation of security by underpinning the system of rule of law and promoting a culture of respect for human rights
        2. Support national and regional authorities in improving the delivery of basic services and in promoting a conducive environment for job creation
        3. Support mechanisms to pave the way for Iraq’s economic recovery and prosperity
        4. Promote the development of an effective and transparent administrative framework
      • The EU's relations with Iraq

        Overview of EU policy and activities regarding Iraq, as well as links to recent documents and news items