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Middle East: Overseas Aid

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role his Department plays in HM Treasury’s work on economic development in Israel and Palestine. (140137)

DFID works closely with HM Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on economic aspects of peace in the Middle East.

DFID has responded to the economic crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) with £15 million in contributions through the Temporary International Mechanism. This supports basic services and livelihoods for public sector employees and the poorest Palestinians. We are also developing a project to stimulate investment and business innovation in the OPTs.