Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:46 pm on 6th March 2013.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Conservative, Aldershot 12:46 pm, 6th March 2013

However distressing the picture of the humanitarian crisis that we see on our television screens—and it is indeed distressing—I must tell my right hon. Friend that I am extremely concerned that the United Kingdom’s hand is being drawn ever more closely into this mangle. I share all the concerns expressed by my hon. Friend Dr Lewis. What confidence has my right hon. Friend in his belief that what I think he described as the modern and democratic forces can be assisted, and will thence be in charge of a post-conflict Syria? If he is not confident of that, what we will be faced with is a further load of bloody jihadists. I hope that he will completely rule out the use of Britain’s armed forces, who are already greatly overstretched.