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1005607
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star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 20 June 2016 (HL413), whether they will make available the independent audits relating to UK direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL11378 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
star this property answer text <p>In line with Section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), we withheld the audit reports of the Palestinian Authority (PA) from 2010 - 2015, in order to protect delivery of our poverty focused objectives.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2018-11-23T14:16:30.067Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T14:16:30.067Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
1005608
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 20 June 2016 (HL413), what is their assessment of (1) the adequacy of independent audits relating to UK direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority, and (2) the regular reviews of those audits, following of PwC’s response to a complaint submitted to the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises that the narrow scope of its auditing work did not require it to consider the distribution of funds to individuals implicated as terrorists. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL11379 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
star this property answer text <p>UK officials safeguard and continuously monitor the expenditure of UK aid in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. UK aid is channelled through the EU Palestinian-European Socio-Economic Management Assistance Mechanism (PEGASE). Our money goes into a special, dedicated bank account before being paid to individuals who have been vetted in advance. Independent auditors then check that the money paid out of the UK dedicated bank account only goes to these vetted individuals after every disbursement. We remain confident that these measures enable us to adequately monitor and evaluate our support to the Palestinian Authority.</p><p> </p><p>The UK National Contact Point has published its Initial Assessment of the complaint made by a UK NGO. This concluded that the issues raised in the complaint merit further examination. The Initial Assessment is not an indication of any wrongdoing by the respondent. The UK National Contact Point is now working with both parties to facilitate mediation on the issues raised. In line with its procedures, the NCP will not be expected to publish further information on the case until this stage of the process is complete and a Final Statement has been prepared.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2018-11-23T14:14:19.713Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T14:14:19.713Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
1015839
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 23 November (HL11378), whether they have made any assessment as to whether the non-publication of the audit reports relating to UK direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is compatible with provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian National Authority and the Government signed on 7 July 2011 and extended on 22 December 2014 relating to the provision of effective public oversight of budget formulation and other key areas. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL11840 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
star this property answer text <p>The Memorandum of Understanding included a commitment to the UK’s Partnership Principles. One of those Principles was about improving domestic accountability through oversight mechanisms for Palestinian citizens to scrutinise budget formulation and implementation. The Principle did not relate to publishing audits of UK contributions. In line with Section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), we withheld the audit reports of the Palestinian Authority (PA) from 2010 – 2015.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
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less than 2018-12-11T17:28:50.65Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-11T17:28:50.65Z
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1091
star this property label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
510207
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-11more like thismore than 2016-04-11
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK aid to Palestine is not given, directly or indirectly, to the families of suicide bombers or to convicted prisoners. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL7413 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-25more like thismore than 2016-04-25
star this property answer text <p>UK aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is subject to rigorous scrutiny, with safeguards in place to ensure its being used for proper development purposes. Our financial assistance to the PA is used to pay the salaries of civil servant and pensioners. Our support is provided through a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, which carries out close monitoring of PA expenditure. Only named civil servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible, and the vetting process ensures that our funds do not benefit terrorist groups. The process is subject to independent auditing.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2016-04-25T14:46:46.687Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-25T14:46:46.687Z
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3790
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
516960
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-05-03more like thismore than 2016-05-03
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 25 April (HL7413), how the pre-approved EU list of named civil servants is approved, and by whom; and how that process is subject to independent auditing, and by whom. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL8116 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-11more like thismore than 2016-05-11
star this property answer text <p>The UK uses the EU PEGASE mechanism to earmark funds to payment of vetted PA civil servants and pensioners. The list of PEGASE Direct Financial Support eligible beneficiaries is determined each month by Deloitte auditors on the basis of the EU eligibility criteria. The list of approved recipients is subject to a vetting process that includes screening against international (including Israeli) ad hoc sanctions lists.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2016-05-11T15:43:44.57Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-11T15:43:44.57Z
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3790
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
516961
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-05-03more like thismore than 2016-05-03
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given any consideration to suspending aid to the Palestinian Authority in the light of its decision to transfer over £85 million a year to the Palestine Liberation Organisation for the purpose of paying salaries to convicted terrorists imprisoned in Israel. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL8117 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-12more like thismore than 2016-05-12
star this property answer text <p>DFID is currently reviewing all its programmes following the publication of the updated Official Development Assistance strategy last year. DFID provides financial support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help deliver peace and support progress towards a two state solution. DFID funding helps build Palestinian institutions and promotes economic growth so that any future Palestinian state will be a prosperous and effective partner for peace. UK funding to the PA is for vetted civil servants only.</p><p>The PA has reaffirmed that prisoner payments are administered by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. We continue to lobby that the payments to prisoner’s families are more transparent and needs-based.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2016-05-12T10:17:18.597Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-12T10:17:18.597Z
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3790
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
517605
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-05-04more like thismore than 2016-05-04
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Gaza: Charities more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on charities operating in Gaza of the freezing of financial transfers to them owing to the orders of the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian banks. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL8198 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-11more like thismore than 2016-05-11
star this property answer text <p>The UK remains supportive of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) efforts to strengthen its revenue generation. A transparent and effective tax system is an important part of this. It is also important that the tax system is implemented in a way that does not negatively impact the vital role which NGO’s play in responding to the needs of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is an importtant part of this.</p><p>DFID officials have raised concerns with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) about this, particularly the need for clarity on the implications of the tax system for NGOs, and how this could affect issues such as operations in Gaza and banking signatory authorities. The UK, along with other donors, UN OCHA and the NGO community, will continue to be in close contact with PA to clarify their approach.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2016-05-11T13:37:35.043Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-11T13:37:35.043Z
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3790
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
522860
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-06more like thismore than 2016-06-06
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Gaza: Electricity more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8116), whether the Deloitte auditors who determine the eligible Palestinian beneficiaries under the PEGASE mechanism are regulated by any British regulator. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL411 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-20more like thismore than 2016-06-20
star this property answer text <p>Deloitte is a registered audit firm that employs certified public accountants who conduct their assignment in compliance with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) standards.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2016-06-20T13:02:59.517Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-20T13:02:59.517Z
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3790
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
522861
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-06more like thismore than 2016-06-06
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Brexit more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 25 April (HL7413), whether the independent auditor of UK payments to the Palestinian Authority that are channelled through a trust fund administered by the World Bank is regulated by any British regulator. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL412 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-20more like thismore than 2016-06-20
star this property answer text <p>Deloitte is a registered audit firm that employs certified public accountants who conduct their assignment in compliance with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) standards.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2016-06-20T12:34:41.267Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-20T12:34:41.267Z
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3790
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter
522862
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-06more like thismore than 2016-06-06
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Department for International Development remove filter
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Christmas Bonus more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8116), what is their assessment of the view expressed in section 4.1.1 of the Overseas Development Institute’s Final Report of November 2015 <i>Evaluative Review of the Statebuilding Grant and the Palestinian Governance Facility—DFID Palestinian programme </i>that "the manner in which DFID’s funds are demonstrated to have only paid the salaries of PEGASE-approved employees is of questionable efficacy", and the "accounting exercise" "undertaken <i>ex post </i>to show that DFID funds are less than the outstanding amount needed to fund salaries of PEGASE-approved PA employees" "is of questionable robustness, as this kind of notional earmarking provides few fiduciary assurances." more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL413 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-20more like thismore than 2016-06-20
star this property answer text <p>UK direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is used for the sole purpose of paying the salaries of civil servants responsible for providing essential services. Our support is provided through a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, which carries out close monitoring of PA expenditure. Only named civil servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible, and the vetting process ensures that our funds do not benefit terrorist groups. The process is subject to independent auditing, which is regularly reviewed and strengthened accordingly.</p><p>As the ODI report itself makes clear, UK support to the PA is delivering real results, improving lives and is instrumental in preventing economic collapse and violent escalation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Verma more like this
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less than 2016-06-20T12:33:41.11Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-20T12:33:41.11Z
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3790
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Verma more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech remove filter