Syria

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult the Refugee Council in order to construct a managed programme for the resettlement of some of the most urgent refugee cases from Syria.

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

The Government shares the deep concerns regarding the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria. However, the Government has no current plans to run a programme of resettlement for Syrian refugees. We continue to believe that the priority should be to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced people in partnership with neighbouring countries and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The UK has now increased its pledge for the Syrian relief effort to £500 million. This represents the UK’s largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis.

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