Iraq: Political Asylum

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:37 pm on 8th October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Fowler Lord Fowler Conservative 2:37 pm, 8th October 2007

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I hear what he says, although perhaps he is aware that the Prime Minister's decision has already been trailed in at least three national newspapers over the weekend—rather more accurately than some other prime ministerial intentions, I hope. Perhaps I may therefore ask the noble Lord a general question of principle: does he accept that Iraqis who have worked for the British in cities such as Basra and Baghdad have put themselves in enormous danger of reprisals and that this country has a moral duty to protect them as well as we can without placing some arbitrary limit on the numbers whom we help?