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Palestinians: Overseas Aid

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that UK funding to the Palestinian Authority is spent on frontline services to help the Palestinian people. (197621)

I have been asked to reply.

UK aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is subject to the high levels of scrutiny to ensure it reaches those most in need. Funding is provided through the European Commission's PEGASE mechanism (the replacement for the Temporary International Mechanism) and the new World Bank fund. These mechanisms conduct rigorous checks against each payment, independent auditing, tracking and monitoring.

The UK is also working with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the IMF to improve the PA's own financial management systems, which is essential if they are to deliver their frontline services effectively.