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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 636: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ministerial Corrections

Wednesday 21 February 2018

International Development

Aid Sector: Safeguarding

The following is an extract from the statement entitled Aid Sector: Safeguarding on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

DFID, other Government Departments and the National Crime Agency work closely together when serious allegations of potentially criminal activity in partner organisations are brought to our attention. We are strengthening this work, as the new strategy director at the NCA will take on a lead role for the aid sector. [Official Report, 20 February 2018, Vol. 636, c. 47.]

Letter of correction from Penny Mordaunt:

An error has been identified in my statement.

The correct wording should have been:

DFID, other Government Departments and the National Crime Agency work closely together when serious allegations of potentially criminal activity in partner organisations are brought to our attention. We are strengthening this work.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Turkey (Afrin)

The following is an extract from Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Does the Foreign Secretary recognise that the Kurdish-led Administration in Afrin has built a secular, democratic system that has worked collaboratively with the international community to defeat Daesh, most recently in Raqqa? Does he accept that the international community owes a debt of honour to the Kurds? Will he step up efforts to stop the bloodshed in and around Afrin?

I understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but we must also recognise the legitimate security interests of Syria. They consider that, having launched Operation Olive Branch in January, it is in response to attacks from the Afrin area, and they believe that they are in compliance with proper UN standards.

[Official Report, 20 February 2018, Vol. 636, c. 2.]

Letter of correction from Sir Alan Duncan.

An error has been identified in my answer to the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris).

The correct response should have been:

I understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but we must also recognise Turkey’s legitimate security interests in Syria. They consider that, having launched Operation Olive Branch in January, it is in response to attacks from the Afrin area, and they believe that they are in compliance with proper UN standards.