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Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the role of the government of Egypt in the distribution of humanitarian aid to Palestinians living in Gaza; and if he will make a statement. (283652)

It is vital that aid reaches the people in Gaza who need it. The UK has been consistent in its calls for better humanitarian Access to the area. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has raised this issue on a number of occasions, most recently in his statement to the UN Security Council on 11 May 2009.

My predecessor, the hon. Member for Harlow (Bill Rammell) raised the issue of access through the Rafah Crossing for humanitarian aid providers with the Egyptian Government when he was in Egypt on 21 May 2009. All aid to Gaza from Egypt is channelled though the Egyptian Red Crescent.