Amendment of Part Xii of the Licensing Act 1964

Part of Orders of the Day — Licensing (Young Persons) Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 12th May 2000.

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Photo of Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence 10:30 am, 12th May 2000

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Have you received a request from the Government to make a statement on the worsening crisis in Sierra Leone? We learned through the media yesterday and this morning that the Government have shifted their position and extended the mandate for British troops to stay in Sierra Leone by four weeks beyond the original task. Conservative Members—I hope all hon. Members—are worried about the families of those serving in Sierra Leone. They need much greater clarification.

There seems to be confusion between the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence. It has been suggested that there might be a commitment for as far ahead as 2001. The Government owe it to the House to clarify the position. What is the mission statement? What are our troops expected to do? The Government should explain that as quickly as possible because the families of those serving will be worried until that moment.