Syria: Refugees - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 10th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench 2:51 pm, 10th January 2017

My Lords, will the Minister reassess the arbitrary distinction that is made between those fleeing ISIS in northern Syria and those fleeing the same genocide in northern Iraq, who are excluded from the vulnerable persons scheme? Can he explain why, in a Written Answer given yesterday, the Government said that the affiliation of those resettled under the scheme is,

“monitored but not routinely reported”?

Would it not help the House, and help us all, to understand whether proper priority is being given to victims of genocide if such reporting were to take place?