Palestinians: Development Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much development funding was provided by her Department to the Palestinian Authority in each of the last five financial years; what organisations were so funded; and what the objectives of that funding were.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK provides direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance and Planning to contribute to the salaries of vetted public servants. A breakdown of funding by financial years is below:

Beneficiary

Purpose

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Ministry of Finance and Planning

For financial years 2012/13 – 2015/16, UK funding contributed to public servants salaries through the EU PEGASE mechanism. In 2016/17 UK funding was specifically earmarked for West Bank health and education public servants salaries.

£34.1 million

£41.6 million

£22 million

£24.8 million

£25 million

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