[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Global Security (Middle East)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz PPS (David Cairns, Minister of State), Scotland Office 2:30 pm, 24th January 2008

Like other hon. Members, I consider the Committee's report a very good one. The situation in Gaza is desperate. As my hon. Friend Ms Buck said, the humanitarian crisis is in effect holding to ransom the entire population of Gaza. Clearly, the situation breaches international law and order and basic standards of civilised and international behaviour. Obviously, Hamas should stop firing rockets into Israel, but such action does not justify the blockade. What should the international community do to put pressure on Israel to lift the blockade, and how should the UK Government contribute to that process?