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Gaza Strip

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current budget for housing construction and sewage systems within the Gaza strip of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency; what were the equivalent figures for each of the last five years; and what were the contributions to these budgeted figures from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each of the other four permanent members of the Security Council, (c) Saudi Arabia, (d) Kuwait and (e) Iraq.

The UNRWA has not been involved in the construction of housing or sewerage systems in Gaza for many years. The agency has undertaken a modest programme of essential maintenance of shelters for special hardship families and a limited amount of surface drain construction in the eight Gaza camps. Expenditure on these programmes for the period 1983–88 is as follows:

Shelter maintenance US dollars Surface drains US dollars
198344,000175,000
1984104,00072,000
198572,00033,000
1986111,00013,000
1987129,00072,000
1988 (Projected)135,00094,000
These programmes are funded from the core budget. The UNRWA has not received earmarked contributions for this type of expenditure and cannot therefore provide a breakdown by donor country.