Peter Aldous calls on the UK and EU to do more to eliminate people smuggling

7th September 2015
Peter Aldous calls for the UK and other EU countries work with those in Africa and the middle east to eliminate the wicked and cruel practice of people smuggling.
 
Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): The International Chamber of Shipping, the UK Chamber of Shipping and their respective members are doing their best to assist with the rescue of refugees and migrants at sea. However, there is a pressing need for the UK and the other EU countries to work with those in Africa and the middle east to deal directly with people smugglers. My right hon. Friend outlined in his answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Craig Whittaker) the work that is being done in that regard, but may I urge him to leave no stone unturned in eliminating that wicked and cruel practice?
 
The Prime Minister: I certainly take on board what my hon. Friend says. At the heart of the situation is the problem of people smugglers and criminal gangs, and we must crack them.
 

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