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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
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Asked on: 11 December 2018
Scotland Office
Business: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has plans to hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on businesses in Scotland deploying no-deal contingency plans for after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 17 December 2018

We have always been clear that our aim is to have a deal in place so we can leave the EU on 29 March 2019. I regularly meet with Cabinet colleagues to discuss preparations for the UK as we exit the EU. We will continue to provide comprehensive information to businesses to help them prepare for EU Exit, as we continue to push for a deal but make sensible preparations for no-deal.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 December 2018
Scotland Office
Business: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the financial effect on Scottish businesses of those businesses' contingency plans in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 17 December 2018

The Government has delivered on its commitment to provide appropriate analysis to Parliament with a robust, objective assessment of how exiting the EU may affect the economy of the UK, sectors, nations and regions in the long run.

The analysis considers four analytical scenarios: the UK position set out in the July 2018 White Paper, a hypothetical FTA, an EEA-type relationship and a no-deal scenario.

The analysis showed that the deal that has been agreed is the best deal on offer, when it comes to protecting jobs and our economy while also respecting the result of the referendum and realising the opportunities of Brexit.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 December 2018
Scotland Office
Business: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received from businesses in Scotland on the financial effect of contingency plans made by those businesses in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 17 December 2018

Delivering the deal is the Government’s top priority, and we do not want or expect a no-deal scenario. However, as we have said, a responsible government should prepare for every eventuality, including the possibility of no-deal. As part of these preparations I have held several cross sector round tables to hear representations from businesses in Scotland. These roundtables have included Food and Drink, Agriculture, Financial Sector and Fishing.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 December 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Dover Port: Domestic Visits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2018 to Question 196873 on Dover Port: Domestic Visits, if he will publish the dates of visits to the port of Dover by his predecessors.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 14 December 2018

The previous Secretary of States did not visit the Port of Dover. Ministers in the Department for Exiting the EU with responsibility for ports visited the Port of Dover twice this year; former Minister Suella Braverman on the 14th May and Minister Chris Heaton-Harris on the 24th August.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 December 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Dover Port: Domestic Visits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2018 to Question 196873 on Dover Port: Domestic Visits, if he will publish (a) dates and (b) details of the 19 port visits by Ministers of his Department.
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he is taking to reduce the level of air pollution produced by motor vehicles; what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of E10 on the level of air pollution; and will he make a statement.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 06 December 2018

Our mission is to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear pathway to zero emissions, to give clarity and certainty to both industry and motorists. By 2030 we want at least half of new cars sold, and as many as 70%, to be ultra low emission, alongside up to 40% of new vans. To achieve this, we are investing nearly £1.5bn‎ between April 2015 and March 2021, with grants available for plug in cars, vans, lorries, buses, taxis and motorcycles, and schemes to support charge point infrastructure at homes and workplaces and on residential streets.

In July 2017, Defra published the UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations (NO2), setting out how we will achieve compliance in the shortest possible time, supported by a £3.5 billion investment into air quality and cleaner transport.

Any assessment made on the effect of the introduction of E10 on the level of air pollution is a matter for the Department for Transport.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 December 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Green Deal Scheme: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 179252 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, how many appeals referred to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (a) have been resolved and (b) remain outstanding.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 06 December 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 24 October 2018 to Question 179252. The Department is continuing to work through all outstanding cases, and at the end of November a total of ninety are being reviewed.

All eligible cases referred to the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy will be considered under The Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations). The Department is committed to resolving those cases fairly and as quickly as possible. However, the complex and legal nature of the redress process prescribed by the Regulations and volume of information we receive from consumers means complaints take some time to resolve. The Department has obtained additional support to review cases in order to speed up the process and is aiming to address the backlog of appeals.

Months outstanding

Number of appeals

1

6

2

4

3

9

4

8

5

1

6

5

7

3

8

3

9

10

10

10

11

14

12

10

Longer than 12 months

7

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 December 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Green Deal Scheme: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 179252 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, how many of the 77 outstanding cases that have been referred to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have been with the Secretary of State for (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine, (j) 10, (k) 11 and (l) 12 months or longer without a final decision having been made.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 06 December 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 24 October 2018 to Question 179252. The Department is continuing to work through all outstanding cases, and at the end of November a total of ninety are being reviewed.

All eligible cases referred to the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy will be considered under The Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations). The Department is committed to resolving those cases fairly and as quickly as possible. However, the complex and legal nature of the redress process prescribed by the Regulations and volume of information we receive from consumers means complaints take some time to resolve. The Department has obtained additional support to review cases in order to speed up the process and is aiming to address the backlog of appeals.

Months outstanding

Number of appeals

1

6

2

4

3

9

4

8

5

1

6

5

7

3

8

3

9

10

10

10

11

14

12

10

Longer than 12 months

7

Grouped Questions: 198306
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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 December 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Green Deal Scheme: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 179252 on Green Deal Scheme: Appeals, in which constituencies the 77 outstanding green deal cases originated.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 06 December 2018

Below is a breakdown by constituency of the ninety outstanding cases received by my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State up until the end of November 2018.

Constituency

Number of appeals

Airdrie and Shotts

1

Birmingham, Erdington

1

Birmingham, Hodge Hill

1

Birmingham, Selly Oak

1

Birmingham, Yardley

2

Bradford South

1

Caerphilly

1

Cardiff South and Penarth

1

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

1

Central Ayrshire

3

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

1

Colchester

1

Corby

1

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

5

Don Valley

1

East Dunbartonshire

2

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

4

East Renfrewshire

1

East Yorkshire

1

Edinburgh South

1

Elmet and Rothwell

1

Glasgow Central

1

Glasgow East

1

Glasgow North

1

Glenrothes

1

Jarrow

1

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

8

Lanark and Hamilton East

1

Leeds East

1

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

1

Llanelli

1

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

1

Motherwell and Wishaw

1

Newport East

1

North Ayrshire and Arran

1

North Somerset

1

North West Leicestershire

1

Nottingham South

1

Ogmore

3

Paisley and Renfrewshire North

6

Paisley and Renfrewshire South

1

Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

1

Redditch

1

Rochdale

1

Romford

1

Rushcliffe

2

Rutherglen and Hamilton West

7

Somerton and Frome

1

South Holland and The Deepings

1

Torfaen

2

Warwick and Leamington

1

Weaver Vale

1

Wellingborough

1

West Dunbartonshire

1

West Lancashire

2

Worcester

1

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 30 November 2018
Department for Transport
Biofuels
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has his Department made of the effect on the economy of the introduction of (a) E10 and (b) E80 fuel.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 05 December 2018

The cost benefit analysis published alongside amendments to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) this year includes an assessment of the effects of E10 should it be deployed to meet increased targets for the supply of renewable fuel. Any future proposal to require the introduction of E10 would be subject to a full consultation with an accompanying impact assessment setting out the potential economic impacts.

Most petrol vehicles in the UK can use E10, which is the test fuel for new vehicles. By contrast there are very few vehicles in the UK compatible with significantly higher blends of ethanol in petrol, such as E80 and E85, and the wide use of such fuels is considered to be of low probability in the near future.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 November 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Dover Port: Domestic Visits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish the dates of the visits he has made to the port of Dover since May 2015.
A
Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 04 December 2018

The Secretary of State has not visited the Port of Dover during his time in position. Ministers in the Department for Exiting the EU with responsibility for ports visited the Port of Dover twice this year. Former Minister Suella Braverman on the 14th May and Minister Chris Heaton-Harris on the 24th August.

DExEU ministers have visited 19 ports to date as part of a wider programme of engagement carried out by other Government ministers and officials to ports around the United Kingdom. Ministers from across Government have also carried out extensive engagement on EU exit with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy, including ports and the maritime industry, and will continue to do so.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 26 November 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dairy Farming: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to launch his consultation on the regulation of dairy contracts.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 30 November 2018

The Government is committed to improving supply chain fairness and intends to introduce regulation in the dairy sector to improve contractual practice. We will be launching a formal consultation to gather views from all interested stakeholders. We are planning to do this as soon as possible and will provide a definite date in due course.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of potential job losses in the renewable energy sector after the closure of the feed-in-tariff scheme in March 2019.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 21 November 2018

An Impact Assessment was published on 19 July alongside the consultation on the closure of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme.

The Impact Assessment and consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/feed-in-tariffs-scheme.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 November 2018
Department for Transport
Dover Port: Domestic Visits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the dates of each visit he has made to the Port of Dover since May 2015.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 20 November 2018

Since May 2015 the Secretary of State for Transport has visited the Port of Dover on 16 February 2016 (Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP) and 25 October 2018 (Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP).

The Secretary of State is briefed regularly about the Port of Dover. Numerous officials from across the Department for Transport engage with and visit the Port of Dover in the course of their duties.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 November 2018
Department for Transport
Ports: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list each Scottish port he has visited since May 2015; and if he will provide the date of each such visit.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 20 November 2018

While responsibility for policy matters relating to ports in Scotland, with the exception of port security, has been devolved to Scottish Ministers, the Secretary of State for Transport visited the Port of Montrose on 26 October 2017 as part of a wider visit to Scotland.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 09 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Offshore Industry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress has been made on an oil and gas sector deal; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 15 November 2018

Several sectors, including the Offshore Oil and Gas sector, have expressed an interest in a Sector Deal and we will take forward some further Deals that best meet expectations set out in the White Paper.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 25 October 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
EU Grants and Loans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what EU funding programmes that exist at the moment will be replicated after the UK leaves the EU by disbursements through the Shared Prosperity Fund.
A
Answered by: Jake Berry
Answered on: 30 October 2018

As per the manifesto commitment, following our departure from the European Union, we are creating the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), a programme of investment to tackle inequalities between communities by raising productivity, especially in those parts of the UK whose economies are furthest behind.

In July, the Government published an update on the UKSPF in which we confirmed the Fund will operate in all four nations of the UK and will, of course, respect devolution settlements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Government has been clear that we will engage the devolved administrations in advance of the public consultation intended for later this year, to ensure the Fund works for all places across the UK. Officials from HM Government and from each devolved administration have begun discussions and stakeholder events are being held across the UK, throughout the rest of this year.

We are continuing discussions to develop the Fund and final decisions on the operation and allocations of the Fund will be made as part of the 2019 Spending Review.

In the mean time, the Government understands that local authorities and places around the UK require certainty of funding post-Brexit. The draft Withdrawal Agreement guarantees that the UK will continue to take part in the 2014-2020 EU programmes until their conclusion. In a no deal scenario, the Government has extended this guarantee for the full EU 2014-20 programme period and allocations. This provides certainty and clarity in the event of a no-deal and allows for a smooth transition to a domestic replacement.

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 25 October 2018
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of processing a single road tax renewal application and payment.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 30 October 2018

The current cost of processing a vehicle excise duty renewal application and payment is £1.10.

This information is published on the GOV.UK website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/performance/vehicle-tax

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Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Green Deal Scheme: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal loan appeals his Department has received; and how many of those appeals have been completed.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 24 October 2018

Under the Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) Regulations 2012, in certain circumstances, complaints may be referred to my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He may impose the sanction of reduction or cancellation of a Green Deal loan, if he is satisfied that there has been a breach of the applicable regulations or code of practice. The cancellation or reduction of a loan represents the full extent of the Secretary of State’s power to provide redress for consumers in relation to the Green Deal Scheme.

For cases relating to the company Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd, a specific process has been introduced in advance of appeals to the Secretary of State whereby the Green Deal Finance Company, with the agreement of the Department, is able to make settlement offers direct to consumers. This has led to the resolution of over 100 cases.

Seventy nine further cases across all Green Deal loans have now been referred to the Secretary of State. Of these, two have been finalised. The Secretary of State has issued intention notices for two further cases. The Department is committed to resolving all of the cases fairly and as quickly as possible. However, the complex and legal nature of the redress process and detailed information involved means complaints take some time to resolve. We also have to allow for periods during which representations can be made.

Q
Asked by Alan Brown
(Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 16 October 2018
Department for International Development
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of international aid funding allocated to properties at Khirbet al-Halawah that were demolished by Israeli forces; what (a) discussions she has had with her counterparts in the EU and (b) representations she has made to the Israeli Government on those demolitions; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 October 2018

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), nine structures have been demolished in Khirbet al-Halawah so far in 2018, of which four were donor funded. We have not made an estimate of the value of international aid allocated to these structures. No structures directly funded by the UK in the West Bank in recent years have been demolished. Whilst we have not raised these specific demolitions with counterparts in the European Union or the Government of Israel, we continue to raise concerns with the Israeli authorities about demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes in general, which cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, calls into question Israel’s commitment to a viable two-state solution, and, in all but the most exceptional cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law.

The UK supports Palestinian communities at risk of forcible transfer in Area C of the West Bank through a legal aid programme, which helps residents challenge decisions in the Israeli legal system. Additionally, we are supporting Palestinian development in Area C and helping nearly 500 Palestinian families to remain on their land through improving infrastructure and enabling access to education and health services.

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