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House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members or associates of the ruling Syrian al-Assad family and regime are currently in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

President Al-Assad’s wife and her parents are British Citizens. We are aware of two other members of the Al-Assad family in this country, however we have a legal obligation not to disclose their identities in line with Data Protection legislation.

The Government is committed to ensuring the UK does not become a refuge for suspected perpetrators of international crimes. To this end immigration action will be considered where there is sufficient evidence that an individual’s character, conduct or associations would justify doing so. This includes action against those suspected of involvement in international crimes or who represent a threat to national security.

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