Published: 17/04/2003, Volume II3, No. 5851 Page 23

Further to your story on Kellogg Brown and Root ('Granger awards US defence services company NHS IT contract', news, pages 8-9, 3 April), this is a division of the services firm that built cells at Camp X-Ray, the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Given the basic human rights issues at stake, is the government serious that it wants KBR to have anything to do with the NHS?

Oh yes, and by some strange quirk, the US government has just given them the main Iraqi oil-well firefighting contract, too, without any tendering process.

is not this the firm whose parent company was once run by vice president Dick Cheney?

Frances Kelly Unison steward Manchester