Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Greg Pope Greg Pope Labour, Hyndburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits to Gaza have been made by officials of his Department in the course of their duties in the last 12 months.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Our officials based in Jerusalem and, to a lesser extent, Tel Aviv, have visited Gaza on more than 20 occasions since January 2009. Our consulate general in Jerusalem also has two members of local staff permanently based in Gaza.

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