Iraq

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:32 pm on 22nd July 2008.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench 1:32 pm, 22nd July 2008

My Lords, I welcome the positive points in the Statement. Does the noble Baroness, like me, welcome yesterday's write-off of loans to Iraq made by a prominent Gulf state? Can she give us any good news on the progress of the hydrocarbons Bill before the Iraqi Parliament, which is important for the development of Iraq's own resources and state revenue? Finally, the importance of the refugees' return has already been emphasised, but I suggest that it is insufficient to say that it is simply a matter for the UN high commissioner. Is there not a role both for local and international non-governmental organisations in assisting the process of return and resettlement? Can the noble Baroness confirm that freedom of religion and the protection of minorities will be an important factor in solving the displacement and refugee issues?