Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of aid to rebel factions in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

Delivery of UK non-lethal equipment to the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (SMC) in Syria has been put on hold. However the UK continues to provide very significant support to the moderate Syrian opposition.

This financial year we have provided more than £20 million of non-lethal, non-humanitarian assistance to support the moderate opposition, including the National Coalition, who we recognise as the sole legitimate representatives of the Syrian people.

This support is designed to enable the moderate Syrian opposition to help save lives and provides services to the Syrian population. It includes the provision of search and rescue equipment, generators, communications equipment, and technical and capacity-building support to the National Coalition and local councils.

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