HC Deb 20 July 1999 vol 335 c502W
30. Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to assist the Palestine National Authority to develop the economy in its territory. [90487]

Mr. Hoon

We support the Palestinian economy with a programme of bilateral aid and our contribution to EC aid programmes. We are providing £50 million in bilateral aid over the next three years. Aid projects include the development of health and infrastructure facilities, support for refugees and technical assistance for economic negotiations. Our total bilateral aid since the signature of the Oslo Accords amounts to over £122 million. In addition, we expect to contribute a further £55 million through EC aid programmes in the next five years.

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