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Palestinians: Overseas Aid

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much direct aid his Department has provided to Gaza in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. (249870)

UK development aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) is for both the West Bank and Gaza. Although some of our aid is earmarked for activities in Gaza, the majority is given for activities in both Gaza and the West Bank.

In the calendar year 2008, we provided £82.3 million to the OPTs. Of this, the following benefited Palestinians living in Gaza: £6.8 million for immediate humanitarian assistance to Gaza announced on 31 December; £19 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to help Palestinian refugees in the region, including the 70 per cent. of Gazans who are refugees; £2 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for humanitarian assistance; and £50.45 million to the Palestinian Authority which helped it provide essential public services in both Gaza and the West Bank.

As announced on 18 January 2009, the UK has pledged an additional £20 million to help meet needs in Gaza, bringing the total UK response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to nearly £27 million since the conflict started.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how grant aid from the Government to the Palestinian Authority was used over the last three years, broken down by project; (250447)

(2) how much development aid the Government have given to the Palestinian Authority in each of the last three years.

In 2005-06 we gave £13,715,862 to the Palestinian Authority (PA) (including £10 million in emergency budget support through the World Bank Trust Fund); in 2006-07 we gave £14,525,065 to the PA (including £11.875 million through the European Commission Temporary International Mechanism (TIM)); and in 2007-08 we gave £44,143,585 to the PA (including £18.45 million through TIM/PEGASE and £20 million through the World Bank Trust Fund).

The following table shows the support we have given to the Palestinian Authority over the last three financial years, broken down by projects.

(£)

Project

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Support to the Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit

1,530,248

815,813

433,627

Support to the Office of the President

187,500

Support to Palestinian Civil Policing

1,000,000

Palestinian Police Support

244,911

Governance Support Facility

276,484

EC TIM/ PEGASE

11,875,000

18,450,000

World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund

10,000,777

World Bank Trust Fund

20,000,000

Funding to pay Private sector arrears owed by the PA

3,000,000

Public administration and Civil Service reform

1,365,093

1,720,739

794,279

Capacity building on Anti Money Laundering/Counter Terrorism Funding

8,405

9,695

Unification of Palestinian legislation

15,200

Preparation work for Palestinian Recovery Programme

74,848

Utilisation of 1997 Palestinian census data

250,000

Pro-poor planning

71,889

Economic Policy programme

38,263

Gaza midwifery

20,854

Police Adviser

39,629

Aquifer management

79,350

50,597

Total

13,715,862

14,525,065

44,143,585