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25 Oct 2004

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PRIME MINISTER

Iraq

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Prime Minister when he was first made aware that the Joint Intelligence Committee had described evidence of Iraq's weaponry as sporadic, patchy and limited. [193501]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to the remarks that I made on this issue in the debate on Iraq on 20 July 2004, Official Report, columns 196202.

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Prime Minister whether the war cabinet for the Iraq war is still extant. [193712]

The Prime Minister: The ad hoc Ministerial group on Iraq that I chaired met over the period of the conflict. Ministers have met regularly since April 2003 to discuss progress in Iraq, including in meetings of the ad hoc Ministerial group on Iraq Rehabilitation.

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Prime Minister how often the full Cabinet has considered the committal of extra troops to Iraq. [193713]

The Prime Minister: As my official spokesman made clear, on 21 October the Cabinet had discussed the request by the American military for a redeployment of British forces already within Iraq. The Cabinet discuss a wide range of issues as they arise. However, it is established practice, as reflected in the Ministerial Code and under Exemption 2 of Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, not to disclose information relating to the proceedings of the Cabinet and its committees.
 
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Iraq

Glenda Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral statement on Iraq of 12 October 2004, Official Report, columns 15155, what the information was upon which he and the Prime Minister based their judgements and which he now accepts was wrong. [191796]

Mr. Straw: I refer my hon. Friend to my written statement of 12 October Official Report, column 14WS. My hon. Friend will find further background in The Report on the Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction chaired by Lord Butler of Brockwell, published on 14 July 2004 (HC 898).

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether post-war validation of the source of the UK Government's claim that Iraq sought to procure uranium from Africa after 1998 has taken place. [192517]
 
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Mr. MacShane: The conclusions regarding the Government's claim that Iraq sought to procure uranium from Africa after 1998 are contained in chapter 6.4 of the report of the review headed by Lord Butler of Brockwell.