Hugh Robertson calls on the Government to look at assistance given by this country to the Lebanese border regiment to see what further help can be given to prevent ISIL from spreading to Lebanon from from Syria and Iraq.
Sir Hugh Robertson (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con): In his answer to question 11, the Minister mentioned the welcome assistance given by this country to the Lebanese border regiment. Will he look again at that, particularly in Lebanon and Jordan, to see what further assistance we could give armed forces in those countries to prevent contagion from Syria and Iraq?
Mr Ellwood: I pay tribute to the work done by my right hon. Friend when he covered this portfolio. He will be aware from his visit to the region of the start of a programme to build watchtowers, and the MOD is very much involved in that to prevent ISIL from running across the border and taking hostages. More funds are being provided for that successful programme, and I will be visiting Lebanon soon.