Syrian Refugees

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 29th January 2014.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife 12:42 pm, 29th January 2014

As one who was critical earlier this week, I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement—although I cannot conceal my belief that perhaps it would have been better had we been a part of the overall UNHCR programme.

My right hon. Friend knows that I have previously emphasised the need to deal properly with the children who have suffered so grievously in Syria, and I hope that she will ensure that that is given due regard in applying any criteria.

If anyone is moved to challenge the decision my right hon. Friend has announced, I remind her of the wise words of her noble Friend Lord Hurd, who on a similar occasion said, “The fact that we can’t do everything does not mean that we should do nothing.”