Counter-Terrorism: Conflict Zones

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 2nd March 2015.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee 3:31 pm, 2nd March 2015

I am sure that the Home Secretary has heard the anguished pleas of the parents of Shamina, Kadiza and Amira, the three London schoolgirls who have left this country. They left on the Tuesday, but the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey says that the Turkish authorities in Istanbul were not informed until three days later. I accept that the embassy in London may have been alerted, but this is something that should have gone straight to Istanbul. Will she look again at the circumstances so that we know exactly what the facts are, and will she look at a recommendation made by the Home Affairs Committee, which is that police spotters need to be placed in Istanbul, a destination of concern, so that immediate action can be taken if young girls disappear in this way?