House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value for money of the aid they provide to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Each new project is approved on the basis of a value for money assessment. This includes assessing the strength of the evidence provided in each business case for the intervention and comparing the efficiency and cost effectiveness of different delivery options. Each project is reviewed annually, and at project completion, to monitor the results that have been delivered. From 2012 a new assessment judging value for money has been introduced as part of these reviews and all reviews are publicly available.

DfID's operational plan for the Occupied Palestinian Territories contains an overarching review of its value for money and a results framework which is monitored annually to ensure results being delivered are in line with those planned. We assess that UK aid is on track to deliver key results as set out in our operational plan.

Results achieved through DfID support in 2011-12 include: 347 enterprises reporting improved performances in annual sales or productivity, interventions leading to the suspension of 124 eviction or demolition orders, 201,253 individuals covered by cash transfers and 43,187 children attending primary school.

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