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star this property date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
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Department for International Development more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text What steps he is taking to ensure that UK aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories facilitates peacebuilding with Israel. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Henley more like this
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John Howell more like this
star this property uin 912000 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 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>DFID’s people-to-people programme builds support for peace by bringing together Palestinians and Israelis to promote tolerance and work on shared problems.</p><p>So far, over 1,200 young Israelis and Palestinians have taken part in holy site tours aimed at increasing understanding of religious tolerance. Ultimately the only way to achieve peace is through a negotiated two-state solution.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-07-17T15:55:13.593Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T15:55:13.593Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Howell more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that Official Development Assistance provided to the Palestinian Authority does not end up funding terrorist activities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski more like this
star this property uin 257489 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 2019-06-07more like thismore than 2019-06-07
star this property answer text <p>DFID has robust measures in place to ensure UK Aid reaches its intended beneficiaries. UK aid to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA’s) health and education sectors 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. The bank account is only used for UK aid. Independent auditors check that the money paid out from the special bank account only went to the vetted individuals after every disbursement.</p><p> </p><p>UK’s financial aid to support the PA’s water and energy sectors will be channelled through The World Bank Partnership for Infrastructure Development in the West Bank and Gaza Multi Donor Trust Fund. UK aid will flow from the trust fund to dedicated accounts that will be managed by the PA in accordance with rules established by the World Bank, and be subject to the review of external financial auditors to provide assurance that the expenditure of funds was only on agreed programme activities.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-06-07T12:38:39.223Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-07T12:38:39.223Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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1566
unstar this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1109760
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star this property date less than 2019-04-04more like thismore than 2019-04-04
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the naming of a PA Ministry of Education sports festival at the Beitunia Upper Elementary School for Girls after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
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Joan Ryan more like this
star this property uin 240936 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
star this property answer text <p>The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. We have held meetings with the PA that will inform the 2019 assessment, which we are currently finalising. The UK regularly raises allegations of incitement in the education sector in our conversations with the PA, and had a detailed discussion on this topic as recently as 21 March 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-04-09T09:44:46.007Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T09:44:46.007Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this
1109769
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star this property date less than 2019-04-04more like thismore than 2019-04-04
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the UK’s aid spending on the Occupied Palestinian Territories is allocated directly to local NGOs. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Liverpool, West Derby more like this
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Stephen Twigg more like this
star this property uin 240940 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 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
star this property answer text <p>DFID in the Occupied Palestinian Territories does not provide any direct funding to local NGOs. DFID works through a limited number of partners in the OPTs such as the UN, the World Bank, the ICRC and the European Union. We select our partners for the strong safeguards they have in place, which reduces delivery risks and ensures the maximum impact of UK aid for Palestinians. However, some of our international NGO and multilateral partners do work with local NGOs to achieve the best development outcomes, with a strong focus on appropriate safeguards and ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer. DFID implements a robust monitoring and evaluation system to ensure that UK aid reaches the intended beneficiaries.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-04-09T09:45:15.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T09:45:15.673Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Twigg more like this
1082171
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star this property date less than 2019-03-05more like thismore than 2019-03-05
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the salaries of Palestinian Authority (PA) employees paid by her Department will be reduced as a result of the the announcement by the PA Minister of Finance that the salaries of public employees will be partial following the ending of US support to the PA. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
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Joan Ryan more like this
star this property uin 228548 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
star this property answer text <p>The UK is concerned about the effects of US and Israeli cuts to the PA’s budget on both the PA’s ability to deliver essential services to Palestinians and on the prospects for peace and stability in the region. The Palestinian Ministry of Finance and Planning has not published details of the planned reductions in wages announced last month. DFID officials will engage with the PA to assess the implications for PEGASE beneficiaries. The UK continues to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel through financial assistance to the health and education sectors to exclusively support the salaries of vetted public servants in the West Bank.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2019-03-11T17:36:28.09Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-11T17:36:28.09Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this
1052497
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star this property date less than 2019-02-01more like thismore than 2019-02-01
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department monitors the use of aid that it provides to the Palestinian Authority. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Central Ayrshire more like this
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Dr Philippa Whitford more like this
star this property uin 215590 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 2019-02-06more like thismore than 2019-02-06
star this property answer text <p>Direct UK financial aid to the Palestinian Authority 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 vetted health and education public servants in the West Bank. The bank account is only used for UK aid. Independent auditors check that the money paid out from the special bank account only went to the vetted individuals after every disbursement. Audits also include spot checks and field visits.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>DFID will also help the Palestinian water and electricity authorities to increase sustainable supplies, particularly in Gaza. Through The World Bank Partnership for Infrastructure Development in the West Bank and Gaza Multi Donor Trust Fund, UK aid will flow from the trust fund to dedicated accounts that will be managed in accordance with robust rules established by the World Bank. DFID will monitor this support through independent financial audits of project spending and through regular programme updates provided by the World Bank.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>DFID funding to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) is subject to the rigorous controls that are applied to all UK aid, including annual reviews, evaluation reports, and independent financial audits of programme spending. This information is triangulated with reporting from suppliers and programme partners, and through field visits.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2019-02-06T17:36:27.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-06T17:36:27.777Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Philippa Whitford more like this
1052498
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-01more like thismore than 2019-02-01
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the uses of aid funding her Department has provided to Palestine. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Central Ayrshire more like this
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Dr Philippa Whitford more like this
star this property uin 215591 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-06more like thismore than 2019-02-06
star this property answer text <p>UK aid in the OPTs supports the protection of the most vulnerable, economic growth and job creation, and the delivery of essential services. DFID have also provided a rapid and flexible response to emerging humanitarian crises in the OPTs. Our support to the International Committee of the Red Cross has provided emergency health care assistance to aid Gaza’s burdened health system. DFID’s support to UNICEF has helped address critical water and sanitation needs for 2 million Gazans.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>DFID funding to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) is subject to the rigorous controls that are applied to all UK aid, including annual reviews, evaluation reports, and independent financial audits of programme spending. This information is triangulated with reporting from suppliers and programme partners, and through field visits. DFID implements a robust monitoring and evaluation system to ensure that UK aid reaches the intended beneficiaries and achieves the best development outcomes, with a strong focus on ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer. Information relating to monitoring and evaluation processes in the OPTs is stored in accordance with DFID guidelines.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2019-02-06T17:38:38.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-06T17:38:38.25Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Philippa Whitford more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-01-23more like thismore than 2019-01-23
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the business case for her Department's Programme 300667 entitled Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the statement by PwC that it was not required to consider whether funds had been transferred to persons implicated in terrorism, whether she plans to alter the terms of engagement for the auditors of this programme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
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Joan Ryan more like this
star this property uin 211626 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-28more like thismore than 2019-01-28
star this property answer text <p>The UK has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and robust controls against the diversion of aid to ensure that funds are used only for their intended purpose. These include due diligence assessments of our partners, mapping of funds through the delivery chain, regular programme monitoring and annual audits.</p><p> </p><p>DFID’s programme <em>Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (SEED OPTs)</em> has several components, working on trade facilitation and customs, water and energy, and helping the PA and Israel to abide by their obligations under the Paris Protocol. Work with the Palestinian Authority in the water and energy sectors will be channelled through The World Bank Partnership for Infrastructure Development in the West Bank and Gaza Multi Donor Trust Fund. Through this framework, funds will flow from the trust fund to dedicated accounts that will be managed by the PA in accordance with rules established by the World Bank.</p><p> </p><p>Alongside a range of other safeguards, all components will be subject to financial audits. The terms of reference of the audits will vary depending on the component, however all independent financial audits provide assurance to DFID that the expenditure of funds will only be on agreed programme activities. The overall DFID OPTs portfolio is also subject to the regular audit cycle of DFID’s Internal Audit Department and the National Audit Office.</p>
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-01-28T17:39:42.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-28T17:39:42.683Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-01-04more like thismore than 2019-01-04
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of Overseas Development Assistance to the Palestinian Authority has been spent on the Palestinian Authority Martyrs Fund in each year for which information is available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
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Alex Sobel more like this
star this property uin 205408 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 2019-01-11more like thismore than 2019-01-11
star this property answer text <p>No UK aid is used for prisoner payments or the fund to which you refer. UK aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. Our money goes into a special, dedicated bank account before being paid to individuals who have been vetted in advance through the European Union Palestinian-European Socio-Economic Management Assistance Mechanism (PEGASE), ensuring UK funding is not diverted. The UK has never allocated aid to the Martyrs Fund to which you refer and we have always had financial safeguards in place to ensure UK aid reaches the intended beneficiaries. UK aid to the PA in 2018 helped immunise up to 3,700 children, provide around 185,000 medical consultations, and educate around 24,000 young Palestinians.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2019-01-11T14:13:30.403Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-11T14:13:30.403Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1035249
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star this property date less than 2019-01-04more like thismore than 2019-01-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make an estimate of the proportion of expenditure from the Palestinian Authority Martyrs Fund that has funded terrorism in each year for which information is available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
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Alex Sobel more like this
star this property uin 205409 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
star this property answer text <p>The UK understands that approximately $172 million was spent on payments to the ‘Martyrs Fund’ in 2016. The fund makes payments to Palestinian families who have a family member that has died or been wounded ‘whilst resisting the occupation’. We do not hesitate to raise instances of incitement with the Palestinian Authority and we use our strong partnership to lobby them to make sure payments from the Martyrs Fund cover only family members’ needs. We also want the system to be more transparent. No UK aid is used for prisoner payments or the fund you reference.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
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less than 2019-01-14T16:18:09.47Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-14T16:18:09.47Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this