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Gaza — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:46 pm on 13th December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Fowler Lord Fowler Conservative 2:46 pm, 13th December 2010

My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. As she will know, last month I made a visit to Gaza, the details of which are declared in the register of interests. Is it not part of the tragedy of Gaza that, although some goods are now going in more freely, severe restrictions remain on the import of construction materials that are necessary to build and rebuild homes and schools? While no one disputes the security problem, do not the Government agree that there is a danger that such a policy of restriction, which harms thousands of entirely innocent people, will help to recruit a new generation of extremists?