Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, made a statement updating the House of Commons on the UK's response to humanitarian crisis in the Syrian region, on Monday 4 February 2013.
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Ivan Lewis, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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