In the House of Commons this week, the Foreign Secretary made a statement on the conflict in Syria. During the Foreign Secretary’s statement, Bob sought clarification on whether the House would be afforded the opportunity to make a decision on any potential future change in Government policy in relation to the provision of lethal aid to the opposition in Syria:
Mr Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East) (Lab): The Foreign Secretary does not appear to deny that the provision of lethal aid to the opposition would be a huge thing to do in such a complicated situation as Syria. Is he guaranteeing to the House—because many of us are really worried about this—that he will return here for a decision before that line is crossed?
Mr Hague: As I said to the shadow Foreign Secretary, I return to the House whenever there is a major development or change in Government policy. In all my time in government, I have never been one to try to deny the House an opportunity to make a decision about something. (Hansard, 20 May 2013)
To view the Foreign Secretary’s statement in full, please click here.