Iraq (Reconstruction)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:30 pm on 12th November 2003.

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Photo of Martin Smyth Martin Smyth Independent Ulster Unionist, Belfast South 12:30 pm, 12th November 2003

I appreciate the concerns about the slowness of development, but could that be because of the speed of the success of the forces? Since we understand the problem of terrorism, I assure the Secretary of State that our sympathy is with the Iraqi people in these days. Has the west provided police trainers in the numbers that were wanted? There was an outcry last month about that, so why was there such delay? The Red Cross stands for the suffering servant and redemption, so we hope that the time will come speedily when it will return to where it was always needed. We welcome the continuing service of those in northern Iraq and elsewhere.