Gurkhas

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 7:43 pm on 29th April 2009.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley North and Sefton East 7:43 pm, 29th April 2009

I welcome my hon. Friend's statement, particularly the speed with which he has returned to the House after the vote to make some clarifications. I also welcome the fact that the deadlines for the various phases of his approach have been shortened. Does he accept that the core of the problem is the disparity between the Government's estimate of the number of people who would be affected one way or another by the new guidelines and the estimate by people who are campaigning on the Gurkhas' behalf? Will he give us an assurance that the exercise that he is about to conduct will provide a definitive answer?

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