Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for (a) UK and (b) EU policy of the recent report by the World Bank to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee which concluded that Gaza is on the verge of collapse.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

While the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not made an assessment of the recent report by the World Bank to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, the UK and the EU are extremely concerned about the situation in Gaza. We continue to urge the parties to prioritise progress towards a durable solution for Gaza. To assist with Gaza's reconstruction, the UK pledged £20m to help kick start the recovery and help get the Gazan people back on their feet at the Gaza reconstruction conference on in October 2014. We have already disbursed 75% of our pledge. This is in addition to our earlier provision of £19.1 million in UK aid in response to last summer's crisis. We call on all donors to fulfil their financial pledges to aid the reconstruction efforts in Gaza without delay.

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