Palestinian Territories

International Development written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Jim McGovern Jim McGovern Labour, Dundee West

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid programmes his Department has in the Palestinian territories.

Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development is working with partners to help end conflict and create a viable Palestinian state that will reduce poverty. The central themes of our programme are to enhance the prospects for peace, promote effective and accountable Palestinian institutions and make international aid and development assistance more effective. We plan to spend £30 million in bilateral aid during 2005–06. Half of our funding will help the United Nations Relief and Works Agency deliver education, health and social services to Palestinian refugees. We will also continue to provide budget support to the Palestinian Authority.

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