§ Lord Hylton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What percentage of the land in East Jerusalem was held by (a) Palestinians and (b) the Israeli Government in each of 1967 and 1997.
§ The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)
About 14 per cent. of land in East Jerusalem is currently held by or designated for Palestinians. About 40 per cent. has been expropriated by the Israeli authorities for settlements and roads. About 40 per cent. has been designated as Green Areas by the Israelis, in which development is currently prohibited. About six per cent. is unzoned. These are 1995 figures, extracted from statistics published by Jerusalem Municipality. The Israeli authorities expanded the municipal boundaries of East Jerusalem substantially after the 1967 occupation. No landholding statistics are held for 1967 but most of the land now in East Jerusalem was held by Palestinians or Jordanians at that time.