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
18.08.2014UK arms transfers to the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan
After rapid advances by the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS or ISIL) towards Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdish Region, the UK government has indicated that it may send arms to the Peshmerga, the Kurdish Regional Government's security force.
13.08.2014Military and Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq
The substantial gains made by Islamic State fighters in the last few months, which has seen ISIL forces advance on the northern city of Irbil and forced thousands of people from religious minorities to flee their homes, has prompted the US, UK and other Western governments to take more concerted action in Iraq.
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.

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