Palestinians: Development Aid:Written question - 8551

Q
(East Renfrewshire)
Asked on: 05 September 2017
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Development Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what safeguards her Department has in place to ensure that international development funding to the Palestinian Authority is not used for the payment of terror salaries or associated purposes.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 September 2017

UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is provided through a European Union mechanism. It pays for vetted West Bank health and education public servants. The EU mechanism uses a pre- and post-verification system which validates that the funds transferred into a dedicated sub-account for UKaid and spent on the salaries of eligible beneficiaries on a vetted list. The PA payroll is checked by independent auditors, and payments made to all eligible beneficiaries are traced through the verification process.

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