Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:36 pm on 16th April 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield 4:36 pm, 16th April 2018

Recognising that there can be circumstances that preclude a Government from consulting Parliament before taking military action, does the Prime Minister agree that the default position, as per convention, is that Parliament should be consulted in advance—not on operational details, but on the strategy within which those operational details fit? Nothing that she has said so far convinces me that on this occasion there was not the time or opportunity to consult this House? In relation to the future strategy, given that the action was taken to limit further humanitarian catastrophe, what action does the Prime Minister believe that Britain should take? How will it garner international support to prevent the loss of civilian lives in Idlib on the scale that there was loss of life in Aleppo and eastern Ghouta?