Urgent question on Syria conflict: 24 July 2018

24 July 2018

Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on what steps the Government was taking to save civilian life in the conflict in Syria.

The Minister for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, responded on behalf of the Government and stated that the UK has been taking all steps possible to save civilian life, and as the second-largest bilateral donor to the humanitarian response there since 2011, the UK was at the forefront of the response, by providing food, healthcare, water and other lifesaving relief.

So far, the UK has committed £2.71 billion in response to the Syria conflict, which is the UK's largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. Through the £200 million Syria Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, the UK has provided a range of support to Syrian civilians and their communities to help save lives, bolster civil society and counter extremism.

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