Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th March 2015.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will introduce a compensation scheme for civilian casualties in Iraq.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Holding answer received on 04 February 2015

When targeting ISIL terrorists we do all we can to minimise the risk of causing casualties among the civilian population. Overall, the air campaign in Iraq is being conducted with precision and we do not believe that there have been any civilian casualties arising from UK actions. We are currently in discussion with our coalition partners with a view to agreeing a mechanism for tracking, reporting, investigating and responding to allegations of civilian casualties. Responses to individual allegations will vary according to circumstances.

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