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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:36 am on 9th January 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:36 am, 9th January 2014

I will of course, as I always seek to do, try to expedite a helpful response from both Departments to which the hon. Gentleman has written.

It is as well for the House continuously to recognise how we as a country are leading the way in helping Syrians suffering from the humanitarian crisis. Although we contribute in many ways, including by seeking to protect humanitarian convoys taking aid into Syria, there are of course refugees. In the year up to September, we accepted more than 1,100 Syrian asylum claims made in this country in the usual way.