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11 October 2005

Barrett urges Government to show compassion for earthquake victims

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has called on the Government to take immediate action to make it easier for victims of the South East Asian Earthquake to come to the UK on a temporary basis.

Speaking during a special parliamentary debate on the earthquake, John Barrett called on International Development Secretary Hillary Benn to speed up applications for temporary visits to the UK for survivors of the hurricane. Current bureaucratic procedure can be a lengthy process and many survivors who have lost everything in the disaster may find it difficult to meet the requirements.

Speaking after the debate John Barrett said:

“Many of my constituents are waiting to hear accurate information about what has happened to their friends and loved ones. In the near future, many people in this country may want to offer a place for these people to come and visit.

“If people in this country want to look after friends and relatives, it is only common sense that government procedure should not get in the way. I have pressed the Secretary of State for International Development on this issue and he has given me assurances that he will look into this matter urgently.

“At a time like this we should be more interested in opening our doors to those most in need than with dotting every i and crossing every t in each visa and asylum application.

 

Notes

John Barrett questioned the Secretary of State for International Development during a special parliamentary Debate on the South East Asian Earthquake yesterday.

John Barrett is a member of the International Development Select Committee

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