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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 2nd September 2013.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence 2:30 pm, 2nd September 2013

We will take no lectures from the hon. Gentleman on the last point. As I have said several times today, notwithstanding the vote last Thursday, which made it clear that we will not engage militarily in a response to the shocking use of chemical weapons, we will continue to explore every avenue to influence the outcome through diplomatic and political means. I suggest to the hon. Gentleman that if he makes himself available here tomorrow, he will have the opportunity to ask the Foreign Secretary that question at Foreign Office questions and to receive a full answer about the level of engagement with the leaderships of Iran, Russia, China and the many other countries that are involved.