Detention of Palestinian Children (West Bank)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:01 pm on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) 12:01 pm, 7th December 2010

I welcome you to the Chair, Mr Gale, for the final two speeches of the debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend Sandra Osborne on securing this debate, and I pay tribute to her long-standing and consistent advocacy of human rights in general, and the Palestinian cause in particular, during her time in the House. The same applies to my other hon. Friends who have contributed to the debate.

Over the past hour, we have heard powerful and often shocking testimonies that demonstrate the importance to the work of the House of delegations such as that sent by the Britain-Palestine all-party group to the west bank last week. It is welcome to have such an immediate and early opportunity to address the situation viewed by those who visited last week.