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Palestinians: Overseas Aid

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether an assessment has been made of the damage to projects in Gaza which have been (a) built and (b) financed by Government money since the Oslo Peace Accords. (317323)

We have not made any specific assessments of the damage caused to projects in Gaza either built or financed with UK Government funding since the Oslo Peace Accords.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what (a) infrastructure, (b) institutions and (c) civic sites that have been built in Gaza since the Oslo Peace Accords the Government has contributed funding. (317324)

Since the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993, the Department for International Development (DFID) has directly funded a number of small infrastructure and civic site projects in Gaza including repairs to the water and sanitation network, rehabilitation of damaged schools, creation of safe play areas for children, and repairs to approximately 70 kilometres of road. More information on the projects we currently fund is available on the DFID website.

DFID also provides core funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) which provide education, health care and housing to Palestinian refugees across the region. UNRWA spends approximately one third of its funding in Gaza, which includes infrastructure and civic sites such as health clinics and schools.