Yemen: Political and Humanitarian Situation

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:56 pm on 5th July 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield 4:56 pm, 5th July 2017

The hon. Lady is right to zero in on the humanitarian situation and to pay tribute to those that are on the ground, such as Oxfam. I had the pleasure and privilege to see it doing quite remarkable work earlier this year. Does she share my concern about the situation we have with the port at Hodeidah where the cranes have been disabled? The Americans have supplied new cranes, but they cannot be erected. One part of the coalition we support is destroying the cranes and stopping access to this vital port at Hodeidah, while another part of the British Government is trying to get food, medicines and urgent supplies into that very port. Does she not think that is one of the key issues that needs to be resolved? I hope the Minister will have some suggestions on how progress could be made.