§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts have been awarded related to the reconstruction of Iraq; of those, how many have been awarded to(a) US and (b) UK companies; what the total value is of contracts awarded: and what percentage have gone to (i) US and (ii) UK companies. 802W
§ Ms Hewitt
[holding answer 6 May 2003]The US Government has let a number of contracts to US firms, mainly through US AID and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Information on these contracts is available on the Trade Partners UK website, with full details on US Government websites, including US AID. The main US AID reconstruction contract was awarded to Bechtel on 17 April. We are supporting efforts by UK companies to win sub-contracts but companies are not obliged to inform us if and when they win contracts.