Syria: Refugees — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:13 pm on 6th November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) 3:13 pm, 6th November 2013

My Lords, in relation to Jordan and what the noble Lord has asked about, the Jordanian Government need particular help because a substantial number of refugees in Jordan are actually with host families rather than in refugee camps. This means that the Jordanian Government need more help because UNHCR aid is not as forthcoming as it would be in refugee camps. The Jordanian Government need more money in order that those refugees with host families are adequately looked after, particularly—here I repeat what the noble Lord who asked the Question said—with regard to drinking water and the price of it. What special help, beyond what the Minister has already stated, is to be given to Jordan itself because of the particular difficulties that that country has at the present time and because of what we owe to that country ourselves?