The UK's Development Work in the Middle East

Inquiry status: Both Reports and Government responses published   

With the exception of the OPTs and Yemen, the Middle East has not traditionally been a focus for the UK’s aid spending: DFID has concentrated its resources on the poorer countries of Africa and South Asia. But it is now spending substantial funds in the Middle East region. In this inquiry we focus on Syria and the neighbouring countries, as well as the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs).



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    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.

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The International Development Committee also held a one-off evidence session examining The Crisis in Syria on 22 October 2013.