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Volume 706: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what response was given to the Middle East quartet's envoy, Tony Blair, when he discussed access to Gaza for humanitarian supplies with the Israeli Minister for Defence on 17 December 2008. [HL524]

The UK Government were not privy to the discussion the quartet representative, Tony Blair, had with Israeli Defence Minister Barak on 17 December. However, Mr Blair's office has informed us that he was given assurances that humanitarian supplies would be allowed into the Gaza Strip.

In light of the devastating situation in Gaza, the quartet representative Tony Blair continues to raise the urgent needs of Gaza's civilian population at all levels within the Government of Israel.