Iraq: Basra

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Deputy Chief Whip, Whips, Shadow Minister, Defence, Shadow Minister, Foreign Affairs, Shadow Minister, International Development

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the Basra Provincial Reconstruction Team's budget; which countries are contributing to this budget; and what proportion of funding is provided by the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Triesman Lord Triesman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Basra Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is a multinational team that provides capacity-building support to Iraqi institutions at the provincial level and provides assistance and advice for international support for provincial development.

The PRT does not have a budget; however, it is a vehicle for implementing or advising on the implementation of projects that are funded by a variety of sources. These include the Department for International Development (DfID) (value of projects: £20.5 million) and the Better Basra Fund (approximately £20 million jointly funded by DfID, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office). The US Government have allocated US$40 million to projects to be implemented by the PRT.

Staff for the PRT have been supplied by the Government (10 civilians and three military), the US State Department (one) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (three).

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