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MPs debate unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy

10 February 2017

On Thursday 23 February MPs debated a motion on unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy in the House of Commons.

Alison McGovern, Heidi Allen, Tom Brake & Anne McLaughlin led the debate.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

The House of Commons Library also produced briefing papers which include more information on the debate's topic.

Motion debated

"That this House has considered the Government's support for the Syrian refugee crisis; commends the UK on its provision of aid to Syria and the region, the resettlement programmes and support to unaccompanied children in France; acknowledges that in 2016 over 30,000 unaccompanied children arrived by sea in Greece and Italy; notes that only 8 children were transferred from Greece and Italy under the Dublin III Regulation last year and none under the Dubs scheme; expresses disappointment that the Dubs Scheme will be ending after only 350 children benefiting; calls on the Government to work with the Greek and Italian governments to support access to family reunification through Dublin in a timely manner; and calls on the Government to continue to monitor local authority capacity for further transfers of children under the Dubs scheme, consulting with local authorities at least once every financial year."

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

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