Syria: Refugees and Counter-terrorism

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 3:44 pm on 7th September 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Tyrie Andrew Tyrie Chair, Treasury Committee, Chair, Treasury Committee, Chair, Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (Joint Committee) 3:44 pm, 7th September 2015

Given that at least part of the humanitarian crisis derives from regional instability caused by the Iraq war, I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement, because we bear a particular responsibility for it. Does he agree that the US, which contributes only half as much as the UK in Syrian aid as a proportion of GDP, and which has accepted scarcely any asylum seekers at all, should now also respond and do more, and will he ask the US Administration to do so?