23 April 2019
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown condemns terrorist attack in Sri Lanka and calls on UK Government to offer support

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown condemns the despicable terrorist attack in Sri Lanka and calls on the UK Government to help rebuild Sri Lanka and respond to the Sri Lanka government’s call for help with intelligence.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con)

May I join other Members in passing on my commiserations to the people of Sri Lanka as they seek to rebuild their lives after these despicable terrorist acts? Will my right hon. Friend pledge whatever expertise this country has to help our good friend Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to rebuild that country? In particular, will he support Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s call for help in finding out how the use of better intelligence might have prevented this attack and might prevent future attacks?

Mr Hunt

I am very happy to do that. I know that our Prime Minister was hoping to speak to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe this afternoon. We absolutely want to support Sri Lankan efforts to get to the bottom of what intelligence they received—apparently, it did not reach the politicians involved, although it is important to say that, even if it had, it would not necessarily have been possible to prevent these attacks. However, we will give Prime Minister Wickremesinghe every help he requests.