§ Lord Hylton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their information about progress in reconstructing the port of Gaza; and whether this has been delayed by closures of the borders with Egypt and Israel.
§ Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
The Tripartite Action Plan agreed at April's Ad Hoc Liaison Committee commits the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree on measures to promote the establishment of a harbour for the Gaza Strip. Negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians on the details of a deep water port for the Gaza Strip are continuing, and feasibility studies are still ongoing. This project has not been affected by closures since construction has not started.