MPs debate Somalia

10 February 2012

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, moved a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 9 February on Somalia.

Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Douglas Alexander, responded in the debate on behalf of the Opposition.

Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and Commons Hansard. Find parliamentary material on Africa in the Topics and News sections on the Parliament website.


The Foreign Affairs Select Committee published on 5 January 2012 a report into piracy off the coast of Somalia.

The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing paper on recent political, security and humanitarian issues in Somalia.


Debates are an opportunity for MPs to discuss government policy, proposed new laws and current issues. It allows MPs to voice the concerns and interests of their constituents.

Image: PA/Alex Cove, Royal Navy Somalia piracy 

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