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 Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions) 3:44 pm, 7th September 2015

The mark of a civilised society is the way in which it deals with a humanitarian crisis. All of us have had full postbags over the past few weeks as people have reflected on the human misery and suffering that has taken place, and people in my constituency will reflect on the paucity of the response from the United Kingdom. When we see Germany taking in 10,000 refugees a day, talking about taking 20,000 people over five years is inexcusable. This Government should be ashamed of themselves. We have talked about the capacity to take people in. What is this country’s capacity to take real action to deal with this humanitarian crisis?