Sri Lanka

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:30 pm on 2nd May 2007.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Trade & Industry Committee 4:30 pm, 2nd May 2007

I note my hon. Friend's comment, which speaks for itself.

I do not want Sri Lanka to become a political issue in the United Kingdom through the presence of a significant diaspora. That diaspora is here because of the violence. Its members have been driven away from their island and are effectively refugees from that dreadful violence. It is a wonderful community, which does a huge amount for us. Estimates of its size vary between 150,000 and 200,000. Reference has been made to the work its members offer on petrol station forecourts, but they do much more than that. A phenomenally high proportion of the Tamil community—some 2,500—work as doctors in the national health service. They do a great deal for us and we should be grateful to them.