Sri Lanka

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 2nd May 2007.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Labour, Ealing North 4:15 pm, 2nd May 2007

My hon. Friend has made many important statements on the Floor of the House, and the statement that he has just made is so important that it needs to be underlined. My Tamil friends, neighbours and constituents have been agonisingly hurt by the statement that there is some sort of terrorist funding scam operating at petrol stations. It is crucial that my hon. Friend put that lie to bed, and it is important, too, that we recognise that many members of the Tamil community work extremely hard in petrol stations. We should be grateful to them for their hard work and their contribution to the economy, and we should not seek to spin them into an atmosphere of blame.