House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Turnberg Lord Turnberg Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 6 January (HL3815), what co-operation they have had from Hamas in the reconstruction of civilian property in Gaza.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

UK policy on Hamas is clear: we do not talk to Hamas and we have no plan to do so at present. At the Gaza Reconstruction Conference, the UK pledged £20 million for early recovery assistance. DFID has already disbursed £5 million and will provide the remainder in 2015/16. The UK was also the first donor to support the temporary tri-partite Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) which is facilitating the import of construction materials into Gaza.

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Andy Smith
Posted on 25 Jan 2015 4:39 pm (Report this annotation)

Since the UK will not talk to Hamas, the terrorist group that that seized power in Gaza in a coup in 2007, who is the £20million of taxpayers' money being given to?

£20million is a vast sum to be giving away to people who believe that the West should be destroyed and turned into an Islamic Caliphate.