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Palestinians: Overseas Aid

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2325W, on Palestinians: overseas aid, what detailed criteria will be applied in making decisions about further UK disbursements; and if he will make a statement. (204079)

As with every country programme of the Department for International Development (DFID), our aid is given on the basis of need and a shared commitment to poverty reduction.

The Palestinian reform and development plan was the basis for all the $7.7 billion donor pledges at the Paris pledging conference. The UK pledge of £243 million is linked to tangible progress in peace negotiations, including progress on reform and the easing of movement and access restrictions.

UK aid helps the Palestinian Authority fulfil its commitments to the peace process, deliver institutional reform, provide essential services that benefit the poor and vulnerable, and ensure a better security environment.