9 March 2016
Nadhim Zahawi questions Government about UK financial contribution to Turkey

Nadhim Zahawi questions the Minister for Europe about the UK’s financial contribution to the ‘Facility for Refugees in Turkey’ agreed at the EU-Turkey summit.

Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon) (Con)

I have been reading the statement, and the Turks clearly have some good negotiators. The Minister has already stated that our financial contribution to the first €3 billion will be €250 million. The statement says that there will be a further decision on additional funding. Will he confirm that, whatever that additional funding might be, we will still be making a further contribution to it?

Mr Lidington

No formal proposal has been tabled as yet. The United Kingdom contributes to EU measures agreed collectively by the EU, but we have also paid out significantly more through our bilateral contributions to meet the needs of refugees in Syria and other countries in the neighbourhood. I do not think we should be in the least ashamed of this country’s role in helping those people in desperate need. One of the reasons I have been so proud to support this Government’s commitment to the 0.7% UN target is that it gives us the resources and the flexibility to respond to humanitarian crises speedily, wherever in the world they happen to be.

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