Dame Tessa Jowell question to the Prime Minister

February 26, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Today (26 Feb) in Parliament, Dame Tessa Jowell, came to the support of the Foundation and asked a question at Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs).  The Foundation is immensely grateful to Tessa on behalf of all the people we work with from across the world.  A transcript of the question and Mr Cameron’s answer is below.

Watch the exchange in the Commons by clicking here THE QUESTION IS ASKED AT 17 minutes and 30 seconds into the You Tube Film


Dame Tessa Jowell (Dulwich and West Norwood) (Lab):

Will the Prime Minister accept the overwhelming humanitarian case for guaranteeing long-term support to victims and survivors of terrorism? If so, will he agree to meet with me, Colin Parry and survivors of the 7/7 London bombings who have benefited from the services of the Survivors for Peace programme, which is now facing imminent closure? In doing so, will he remember his pledge that survivors of terrorism must know that they always have the support of the whole country?

The Prime Minister:

First, may I commend the right hon. Lady for the extraordinary work she did in government and continues to do in opposition to help the survivors of terrorist attacks, particularly the dreadful attacks that took place in London? I have seen at first hand the experience and brilliant touch that she brings to this important work. I am very happy to have the meetings she discussed. The Foundation for Peace is a unique charity that does an extraordinary job in supporting victims and families. I will be discussing its future with my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington South (David Mowat) too. Obviously, we want to make sure that all these institutions can continue their excellent work. I am happy to hold those discussions with the right hon. Lady and, as I said, with my hon. Friend.