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Occupied Territories: Housing

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th September 2008.

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Photo of Phyllis Starkey Phyllis Starkey Labour, Milton Keynes South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of homes which have been built in settlements since the EU's initial call for a halt to Israeli settlement growth.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We do not keep a breakdown of the number of housing units which are built in settlements.

However, we are very concerned that there have been a number of new housing tenders issued for illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the Annapolis Conference in November 2007. We continue to make clear to the Israeli Government that we view all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territories, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as illegal under international law. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister reiterated our policy on settlements when he addressed the Israeli Knesset on 21 July.

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