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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 21st June 2007.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Special Envoy to PM on Human Rights in Iraq 11:30 am, 21st June 2007

I join in the tributes to Piara Khabra. He was a member of the International Development Committee, on which I served for many years alongside him, as did Mr. Robathan. We all feel very strongly about his contribution to international development and the fact that he continued to be interested right up to his recent illness.

While one might debate the merits or demerits of the Iraq war—I still hold to the same view—there is a humanitarian crisis among the displaced people of Iraq, both inside and outside the country, and I would ask for an urgent debate on that subject. The Government have been severely criticised by those who deal with refugee problems owing to our meanness in allowing Iraqis who are in danger in their own country because they helped the coalition, to come to this country. If one looks at the list of countries into which Iraqis have been allowed, this is one of the meanest. I am sorry to use this opportunity to make that point, but I am afraid that it is the only way open to me, and I should like an early debate on that subject.