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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>We are awaiting confirmation from OCHA and the EU on the details of the structures demolished in South Hebron. We have raised our concerns with the Israeli government over the demolition of these structures in South Hebron. Demolitions of Palestinian homes and buildings cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, and are harmful to the peace process. The UK continues to raise with Israeli authorities our serious concern at the increase in demolitions of Palestinian properties and structures in Area C of the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Burden more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The DFID Palestinian Programme supports the HMG objective of protecting the viability of a two state solution. DFID’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tends to consist of large-scale and strategic programmes that fit within our three priority areas; state building, economic development and alleviating poverty and vulnerability. Through the cross-government Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the UK continues to support several projects which promote coexistence. These projects include support for the Peres Centre for Peace Training Doctors Programme which brings Israelis and Palestinians together through medical care and training to combat stereotypes and build trust. Additionally we work on projects with youth groups and through sport to encourage engagement between Israelis and Palestinians.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The DFID Palestinian Programme supports the HMG objective of protecting the viability of a two state solution. DFID’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tends to consist of large-scale and strategic programmes that fit within our three priority areas; state building, economic development and alleviating poverty and vulnerability. Through the cross-government Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the UK continues to support several projects which promote coexistence. These projects include support for the Peres Centre for Peace Training Doctors Programme which brings Israelis and Palestinians together through medical care and training to combat stereotypes and build trust. Additionally we work on projects with youth groups and through sport to encourage engagement between Israelis and Palestinians.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Joan Ryan more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency North East Fife more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>At the “Supporting Syria and the Region London 2016” Conference we co-hosted on 4<sup>th</sup> February 2016, leaders came together to pledge more than $11 billion, the largest amount raised in one day for a humanitarian crisis. Commitments made at the Conference will help to create 1.1 million jobs and provide education to an additional 1 million children. The protection of civilians was at the heart of the Conference. Participants agreed to use their influence with all parties to the conflict to halt abuses, to allow humanitarian agencies rapid, safe and unimpeded access throughout Syria in order to reach besieged and hard-to-reach areas. The outcomes of the conference are reflected in the Co-hosts' statement available on the Conference website <a href="http://www.supportingsyria2016.com/" target="_blank">www.supportingsyria2016.com</a>.</p><p>The UK condemns the actions of the Syrian regime, driving civilians from their homes in and around Aleppo, and the role of Russia in supporting this offensive. We are deeply concerned by reports that over 30,000 civilians have been newly displaced from Aleppo City and other areas of northern Syria between 1<sup>st</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> February. This is on top of the existing 36,000 internally displaced persons from Aleppo City.</p><p>DFID continues to use existing funding to support our partners to be flexible in their responses and to enable the realignment of programming to meet those newly displaced and most in need. We also support the UN OCHA managed, Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF), which has announced a US$10.5 million emergency fund to meet the needs of the new displaced as a result of the fighting in northern Aleppo. The HPF funding will focus on meeting key health, WASH, food, shelter and protection needs.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Through the cross-Departmental Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the UK has allocated £10 million in Iraq for 2015/16 to fund security and stabilisation work.</p><p>£2.5 million of this support has been pledged to the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilisation (FFIS). The FFIS is the principle mechanism for international support to stabilisation in Iraq and works to priorities set by the Iraqi authorities.</p><p>Assessments in Sinjar by the UNDP and other partners are proceeding. It is expected that FFIS-supported stabilisation activities will start in the near future.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p><em> </em></p><p>The Accord has played an important role in pushing up working conditions and safety standards in the Garments sector in Bangladesh. Since 2013 the Accord has independently inspected 1, 390 factories in the supply chains of their signatory brands. It has then supported those factories that continue to sell to Accord brands to implement Corrective Action Plans, resulting in safer factories for 2.4 million workers.</p><p> </p><p>A review of the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact, completed by the EU, US and ILO in January 2016, recognised the contribution of private sector initiatives such as the Accord in improving labour, health and safety conditions for Bangladeshi workers.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Burden more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>To date, the UK has committed £79.5 million to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. UK aid is reaching hundreds of thousands of people across Iraq, including the most vulnerable groups, such as Yezidis. All UK-funded aid is distributed on the basis of needs and in line with humanitarian principles which ensure that no-one is discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion or ethnicity . According to the International Organisation for Migration, the vast majority of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Iraq live in host communities, with around 10% of all Iraqi IDPs living in camps.</p><p> </p><p>On a field visit to Dohuk in January 2016, DFID officials met with a number of displaced Iraqis, including Yezidis, and discussed their shelter needs and living conditions. This included members of the Yezidi community who were living in poor conditions in informal settlements. The DFID team were told that the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) had undertaken to relocate these individuals to a camp with appropriate services and conditions. However, this offer had been declined by Yezidi heads of households because of a perception that the camps were too far from employment opportunities although it appeared that other members of the community held differing views about the suitability of the camps.</p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>DFID is funding work on mental health in several of our focus countries. For example in Malawi, under the Health Partnership Scheme DFID is helping to establish a community-based programme to improve care of people with common and severe mental health illnesses.</p><p>The UK is also providing mental health services through the provision of mobile clinics, healthcare and emergency surgery for Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing crisis</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>DFID is providing additional support to help mitigate the impact of El Niño-related drought in southern Africa. We are delivering humanitarian assistance to drought-affected communities, boosting disaster preparedness activities and improving the resilience of households to future climate shocks. Building resilience against climate shocks is a key component of all our climate-related work across Africa.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Over the next five years, DFID will build on its economic development work to ensure productive employment opportunities for young people are increased, including those in situations of protracted displacement.</p><p>Significant commitments to support Syrian refugees gain employment were made at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London on 4 February, which was co-hosted by the UK alongside Norway, Germany, Kuwait and the UN.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this