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, what safeguards her Department has in place to ensure that international development funding to the Palestinian Authority is not used for the payment of terror salaries or associated purposes.

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)

UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is provided through a European Union mechanism. It pays for vetted West Bank health and education public servants. The EU mechanism uses a pre- and post-verification system which validates that the funds transferred into a dedicated sub-account for UKaid and spent on the salaries of eligible beneficiaries on a vetted list. The PA payroll is checked by independent auditors, and payments made to all eligible beneficiaries are traced through the verification process.

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