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:

How the Provincial Reconstruction Team's baseline assessment of Basra was produced; and what criteria it uses to monitor progress in Basra.

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

The baseline assessment was produced by the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in consultation with our embassy office in Basra and the Multi-National Division (South East). The assessment is based on a standard format developed by the US-led PRT national co-ordination team in Baghdad.

The Basra PRT uses a range of criteria to measure progress in various sectors, including: the effectiveness of the Iraqi security sector (including the police, army and prison service); employment levels; agricultural production; the effectiveness of the provincial council in awarding and managing reconstruction contracts; public access to the judicial process; the transparency of the justice sector and the availability of basic services such as water, electricity, healthcare, sanitation, housing and education.

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