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Syria Debate in UK House of Commons

December 2, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

Twelve-point plan put forward by David Cameron is approved unanimously at weekly meeting devoted entirely to Syria


MPs are to debate a motion on ISIL in Syria (United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249) in the House of Commons Chamber on Wednesday 2 December 2015.

The previously scheduled Opposition Day debate will now take place on a future date, to be announced.

If the House agrees this evening to a motion on the Order Paper on Sittings of the House (2 December), there will be no Oral Questions (that is, no Oral Questions to the Cabinet Office, Prime Minister’s Questions nor any Urgent Questions) nor the Ten Minute Rule Motion on Wednesday 2 December. The House of Commons will debate the Syria Motion from 11.30am and tomorrow’s adjournment debate will take place as scheduled.

Motion for debate

MPs will debate the following motion:

“That this House notes that ISIL poses a direct threat to the United Kingdom; welcomes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249 which determines that ISIL constitutes an ‘unprecedented threat to international peace and security’ and calls on states to take ‘all necessary measures’ to prevent terrorist acts by ISIL and to ‘eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria’; further notes the clear legal basis to defend the UK and our allies in accordance with the UN Charter; notes that military action against ISIL is only one component of a broader strategy to bring peace and stability to Syria; welcomes the renewed impetus behind the Vienna talks on a ceasefire and political settlement; welcomes the Government’s continuing commitment to providing humanitarian support to Syrian refugees; underlines the importance of planning for post-conflict stabilisation and reconstruction in Syria; welcomes the Government’s continued determination to cut ISIL’s sources of finance, fighters and weapons; notes the requests from France, the US and regional allies for UK military assistance; acknowledges the importance of seeking to avoid civilian casualties, using the UK’s particular capabilities; notes the Government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations; welcomes the Government’s commitment to provide quarterly progress reports to the House; and accordingly supports Her Majesty’s Government in taking military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against ISIL in Syria; and offers its wholehearted support to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces .”

Transcripts of the proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons debates.

Amendments to the Motion

Amendments that are tabled by the rise of the House today will be available in tomorrow’s Order Paper. The Order Paper is available on the Parliament website from 7am.

Only those amendments selected by the Speaker can be debated.

Changes to Business for Wednesday 2 December

This change to Commons Business follows a statement and Sittings of the House Motion from Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Commons, on Tuesday 1 December.

Related Information

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.



December 2, 2015
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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