FOREIGN AFFAIRS – LAWYERS IN IRAQ – 8 December 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: The Minister says that lawyers will be making money out of accusations of abuse. Is there anything that the Government can do about lawyers going to Iraq, ambulance chasing and touting for business in order to enable criminal cases to be brought against our servicemen and women?

[The Minister for the Middle East (Dr Kim Howells): I am not aware of such ambulance chasing. If it is going on, perhaps the hon. Gentleman will be kind enough to let me know who the individuals are and where they are touting for business. It is not the easiest environment to tout for business – at least not the parts of Iraq that I have visited – although I have no doubt that the profession is a proud and a resourceful one – let me put it like that.]

[For Julian's speech in this Debate, click here.]