David Cameron has defended the government’s decision to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, saying they will get a “warm welcome”.
The PM said there was “no limit” to how many could come in the first year, after Labour said his pledge meant only 4,000 would arrive this year.
Speaking in prime minister’s questions, Mr Cameron said he wanted to “get on with it”.
But he said housing and schools had to be in place before they arrive.
Pressing Mr Cameron over his commitment to re-settle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by 2020, acting Labour leader Harriet Harman urged him to say how many refugees would arrive this year.
She also called on him to accept children who have already arrived in Europe, in addition to those in camps around Syria.
Mr Cameron said: “We have to use our head and our heart.
“We have committed to taking 20,000 people, I want us to get on with that. There is no limit to the amount of people that could come in the first year, let’s get on with it.”
“But”, he added, “let’s recognise we have to go to the camps, we have to find the people, we have to make sure they can be housed, we have to find schools for their children, we have to work with local councils and local voluntary bodies to make sure when these people come they get a warm welcome from Britain”.
Ms Harman insisted a commitment was needed on how many people would arrive in the first year – and called on the PM to come back to Parliament in a month with a figure.
The PM’s spokesman later said it was clear Mr Cameron’s “no limit” comment was within the context of the 20,000 places he has announced.
Mr Cameron was also questioned over the UK drone strike which killed two British Islamic State fighters in Syria.
Read more: BBC
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