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Palestinian Territories

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received from aid agencies in the Palestinian Territories on (a) the humanitarian situation and (b) their ability to operate in the current security environment; and if he will make a statement. (73716)

DFID is in close contact with aid agencies in the Palestinian Territories, including the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), which co-ordinates monitoring and response to the humanitarian situation. The UN released an updated consolidated appeal for humanitarian assistance on 31 May 2006 and will also, from June, produce monthly humanitarian monitoring reports.

UN OCHA reports that the main restrictions on humanitarian operations are Israeli restrictions on movement and access to, and within, the West Bank and Gaza, as well as security concerns in Gaza. DFID has agreed to provide expertise that will help UN OCHA monitor the humanitarian situation and co-ordinate humanitarian access with Israeli security forces.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received from (a) the World Bank and (b) the IMF regarding mechanisms for the delivery of funding for health and education in the Palestinian Territories; and if he will make a statement. (73717)

DFID is in close contact with the World Bank, IMF, European Commission and international donors on mechanisms for delivering funding for Palestinian basic needs. At its meeting on 9 May the Quartet (United States, European Union (EU), United Nations and Russia) welcomed the offer by the EU to develop and propose a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the Palestinian people. The Quartet also invited other donors and international organisations to consider participation in such a mechanism.