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Palestinians: Overseas Aid

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 recipients received the greatest amount of UK aid for Palestinian refugees in 2007-08; how much each received; and if he will make a statement. (209734)

In 2007-08 the Department for International Development (DFID) provided £63.6 million in financial assistance to the Palestinian people. £35.45 million of that amount supported services such as health, education and power generation provided by the Palestinian Authority in the west bank and Gaza, and also benefited refugees. The only part of that assistance dedicated specifically to Palestinian refugees was £15.6 million through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This helped UNRWA provide health, education and other services to 4.5 million Palestinian refugees in the region, including over a million refugees in Gaza and over 700,000 in the west bank.