Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, made a statement on 20 November 2012 to the House of Commons on Gaza, the Middle East peace process and Syria
Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
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Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions.
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