Iraq

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on Iraq. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
08.07.2014Worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq
The plight of civilians in Syria may be about to get a lot worse, as drought ravages the region, ISIS takes over much of the River Euphrates and government services threaten to collapse.
20.06.2014Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the takeover of Mosul
ISIS has shocked observers by the speed of its takeover of large amounts of Iraqi territory
16.06.2014Military options in Iraq
The UK Government is not planning a British military intervention in Iraq. This note summarises commentary about the possible military options for the UK and US in Iraq.
30.05.2014Chilcot Inquiry: an update
The Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, was originally expected to have reported by now but the broad scope of the inquiry and the amount of evidence have led to delays in publication, which is now not expected until towards the end of 2014 at the earliest. This note provides a brief update on progress.
29.01.2014Oil Prices
Oil prices peaked at almost $150 Dollars a barrel in July 2008 and fell sharply in the second half of 2008 as the global financial crisis hit. Prices have increased since then, despite a fairly weak global economy. Political unrest across the Middle East and the revolt in Libya contributed to further price rises in early 2011. Subsequent prices in 2011 and 2012 have been volatile; falling amid concerns about the world economy and going up as tension between Iran and the West increases. Prices were less volatile in 2013 but the average was close to the near record levels seen in the previous two years. Some commentators have said that quantitative easing has contributed to the underlying price increases. Sustained high prices in 2011 meant the annual average price was above that seen in 2008 and the highest since 1864. The latest spot price is around $107 per barrel. This is $43 below the peak, but the weaker pound has meant that in early 2012 and early 2013 Sterling prices have approached or exceeded their 2008 peak. The International Energy Agency's business as usual projections put the price of oil at almost $250 per barrel in 2035.

Research Papers

DateDescription
22.07.2004Iraq:legal issues at the handover
Iraq: legal issues at the handover. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/59.
19.07.2004Iraq:political and security issues at the handover
Iraq: political and security issues at the handover. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/58.
02.06.2003Iraq: Law of Occupation
Iraq: law of occupation. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/51.
23.05.2003The Conflict in Iraq
The Conflict in Iraq. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/50.
13.03.2003Iraq: Developments since UN Security Council Resolution 1441
Iraq: developments since UN Security Council Resolution 1441. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/22

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
15.10.2009Iraq inquiry.
Government response. Ministry of Defence; Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
18.06.2009Iraq inquiry.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
28.06.2011HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH IN KURDISTAN
That this House acknowledges the important role that non-governmental organisations (NGOs)can play; notes that one of the most high-profile NGOs, Human Rights Watch, released a report, ...
20.06.2011BRIAN HAW
That this House notes the endurance of Brian Haw; remembers too the dedication of Lieutenant-Commander Bill Boaks who, before his death 25 years ago, dedicated his life to road casualty ...
20.06.2011PEACE AND BRIAN HAW
That this House notes with sadness the passing of Brian Haw, whose protest camp in Parliament Square, initially against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and then all wars, has stood for ...
18.05.2011RAWABIT PARTNERSHIP SCHEME AND EDUCATIONAL REFORM IN IRAQ
That this House welcomes the visit to the UK by Dr Mahmood Shaker Abdulhussain, President of the Iraqi Foundation of Technical Education, and Dr Kawthar Aziz Ahmed, President of the ...
28.03.2011CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ
That this House notes the recent visit by the Archbishop of Erbil Bashar Warda to Parliament as a guest of the All-Party Parliamentary group on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq as part ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses