[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Burma

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 9th December 2009.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley 9:30 am, 9th December 2009

I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the hon. Gentleman is right. I am coming to my conclusion. The important thing for this debate is that we keep the matter in people's minds. We last had a debate on the subject at the time of the cyclone, when we heard how repressive the regime could be in stopping aid getting through to the very people who needed it most. Now that cyclone has passed we must make absolutely certain that the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, the political prisoners and, indeed, the ordinary people who live in fear in Burma is not forgotten. That is why this debate is particularly timely. The action we take now and in the first few weeks of 2010 will at least give the people of Burma some hope. Let us think about 2010.