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Syria

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art 12:00 am, 22nd October 2018

What recent assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in Syria on the delivery of aid to that country by the armed forces.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

The UK supports the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Syria and refugees in the region. So far we have committed £2.71 billion since 2012.

Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

The situation in Syria is complex and unpredictable, and many civilians are at risk. Given what the Secretary of State has just said about the financial commitment that this country has made to vulnerable civilians, I ask him to keep all options on the table and to keep talking to his colleagues in the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office to ensure that we do everything we can to get basic supplies to the civilians who need them in Syria.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

Every time there is such a request, we consider it very closely, to see how best we can offer help and support. We recognise the dreadful plight that so many people are suffering in Syria. The Ministry of Defence and our armed forces will always be there to support important humanitarian work.