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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department plans to make to the United Nations Development Programme Trust Fund to support the work of the Quartet Special Envoy in financial year 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (197187)

There are currently no plans to allocate more support to the United Nations Development Programme Trust Fund in addition to the £400,000 provided in 2007. The UK, however, continues to give vital assistance to the office of the Quartet Special Envoy, including the key secondment positions of chief of staff and governance adviser.

The joint Department for International Development (DFID) and World Bank New Market Development project is one of the ‘confidence building measures’ promoted by the Quartet Special Envoy. Through this project, DFID will provide £3 million in matching grants for Palestinian firms and business associations over three years.