§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have, and what steps they are taking, to ensure that British and106W other European companies have an equal opportunity to bid for contracts in the reconstruction of post-war Iraq.
§ Ms Hewitt
We expect UK companies to make a significant contribution to the redevelopment of Iraq's essential infrastructure. In this context, it is important that there is a level playing field for all companies who are interested in contracts in Iraq. I have discussed this with the US authorities.