International Development written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the additional costs resulting from Israeli border, access and planning controls to UK-funded development projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

No such assessment has been possible. UK aid helps to finance the Palestinian Authority’s fiscal deficit, which would significantly decrease if Israeli movement and access restrictions in the OPTs were lifted. The World Bank estimates that if Israeli restrictions were lifted in ‘Area C’ of the west bank alone, the Palestinian economy would expand by more than a third and potentially would not require international donor assistance.

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