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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:38 pm on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education) 12:38 pm, 17th March 2020

I would like to add my voice to those thanking FCO workers, who I am sure are working around the clock. I am sure that they are wanting to get home, but they are staying to help others. I have been listening very carefully to what the Secretary of State has been saying about repatriation, and I understand his arguments about the airlines, but we have to accept that the reason why the airlines are not running flights is that they cannot afford to, and they are worried about coming out of this at the other end. Would he consider providing a subsidy for the airlines to enable them to run these flights, particularly from areas where flights have been cancelled or shut down completely?