UN Syrian Refugees Programme

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 3:33 pm on 20th January 2014.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration 3:33 pm, 20th January 2014

There are 2.4 million refugees in neighbouring countries, and about 6.5 million displaced people in Syria. Arguing about helping a few hundred people misses the point. [Interruption.] We have put £600 million into the region—the hon. Gentleman is right: this is the biggest humanitarian crisis, which is why our response is the biggest humanitarian response that this country has ever mounted—in order to help hundreds of thousands of people there. That is the right thing to do, and we are helping an enormously larger number of people than any of our European partners.