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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: 01 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Cameroon: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and human rights situation in Cameroon; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 06 June 2018

The tensions in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon are troubling. The British Government wants to see a reduction in violence, release of prisoners and a meaningful process to address the core issues.

We welcome the announcement by President Biya in his New Year speech, calling for moves to rebuild trust, resume dialogue and pursue decentralization. During my visit in February, I met senior Cameroon Government officials and reinforced the need for restraint, for the avoidance of excess force and for respect for human rights.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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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: 09 May 2018
Home Office
Organised Crime: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training and support his Department is providing to (a) accident and emergency services and (b) major trauma centres in (i) London and (ii) England to identify victims of county lines exploitation; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 21 May 2018

The Home Office is supporting a nationwide awareness raising campaign about county lines and the associated exploitation. The campaign is targeted to those best placed to spot potential victims, including those working in frontline health services. The campaign is supported by guidance we published in July 2017 for frontline professionals on how to identify potential victims of county lines and the appropriate referral routes.

Victims of county lines are often subjected to violence and as a result in end up in trauma centres and hospital emergency departments. Redthread operates a youth violence intervention scheme to reach young people at this ‘teachable’ moment in the four major trauma centres in London. In addition the Home Office is providing funding to support the expansion of Redthread’s scheme in hospital emergency departments outside London, starting with the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham in February, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham in July.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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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: 09 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Services: Minimum Wage
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 128962 on social services: minimum wage, if his Department will publish the evidence base referred to in that Answer.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 14 May 2018

The Deloitte and Frontier Economics and LaingBuisson studies into sleep-in back pay liabilities form part of the evidence base that is being used to assess options and are subject to further analysis and refinement. Consequently, there is currently no timetable for sharing a summary of either report.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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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: 09 May 2018
Department for Education
Knives: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of compulsory knife crime education and prevention in the Personal, Social, Health and Economic or Citizenship curriculum of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 14 May 2018

We know how important it is that young people understand the dangers of knife crime. Schools can currently choose to include lessons on weapons awareness and gangs as part of their school curriculum.

Through the Children and Social Work Act 2017, the Government is making the subjects of Relationships Education compulsory in primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in secondary schools. These subjects will help young people understand safe, respectful and positive relationships and appropriate ways of resolving conflict. The Act also provides a power for the Secretary of State to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education (or elements therein) mandatory in all schools.

The Department recently conducted a wide-ranging engagement process, including a public call for evidence, on the scope of the subjects, and on the status of PSHE. Departmental officials are assessing the evidence gathered during the engagement process, to support decisions on subject content and on the status of PSHE. The Department plans to publish the results of the engagement process shortly, alongside a consultation on draft regulations and accompanying statutory guidance, before laying the regulations in the House for debate.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 May 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Newspaper Press
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on Al-Hayat Al-Jadida’s description on 5 April 2018 of Israel as a colonialist satanic plant.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 May 2018

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle, as is demonstrated by my statement regarding President Abbas’ recent remarks at the Palestinian National Congress, which were deeply concerning. On the whole President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have shown a commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on Friday 4 May, and through our financial assistance, the UK will continue to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 May 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Antisemitism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on an advisor to the PA President, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, saying that European Jews had a monopoly over the economy.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 May 2018

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle, as is demonstrated by my statement regarding President Abbas’ recent remarks at the Palestinian National Congress, which were deeply concerning. I do not believe that these remarks were consistent with the commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution which President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have shown. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on Friday 4 May, and through our financial assistance, the UK will continue to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 May 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the decision of its Ministry of Education to devote broadcasts on school radio stations to the life of terrorist Khalili Al-Wazir.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 May 2018

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and address allegations of incitement in the education curriculum. We raise issues of incitement in the education sector in our conversations with the PA Ministry for Education and Higher Education.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 May 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2018 to Question 135640, on Palestinians: terrorism, whether the British Consul-General in Jerusalem has met with senior Palestinian representatives to discuss the decision by the Palestinian Authority to pay directly the salaries of convicted terrorists; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 May 2018

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. The British Consul General in Jerusalem met with Saeb Erekat, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), on April 27th and directly raised the issue. The Secretary of State also raised her concerns about payments to prisoners when she last met with the Palestinian Foreign Minister and I will be raising them with the Finance Minister later this month, calling for the payments to be transparent, needs based and affordable.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 08 May 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Middle East of 18 April 2018, Official Report, column 309, how and by whom spending is audited to ensure that there is no diversion to fund terrorist tunnels or other terrorist activity.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 May 2018

DFID has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and has robust controls against the diversion of aid including towards terrorist activity. These include extensive due diligence of partners, mapping the flow of our funds and where required, tight earmarking of funds. DFID’s project spending in the OPTs is subject to annual, independent financial audit. The overall programme is also subject to the regular audit cycle of DFID's Internal Audit Department and the National Audit Office. DFID complies with UK and international counter terrorism legislation and our funding agreements commit partners to understand and comply with international counter terrorism legislation.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[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: 01 May 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) the Enfield North constituency (ii) the London Borough of Enfield and (iii) London that will receive a reduction in (A) cash and (B) per pupil funding in each of the next five years.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 08 May 2018

In 2018/19, all schools in Enfield North attracted more cash funding through the national funding formula, compared to their 2017/18 baselines.

All schools, with the exception of new and growing schools, attracted more per pupil funding. New and growing schools typically see their per pupil funding decrease as they grow in size, while receiving significant increases in their total budgets. One new and growing all-through school in Enfield, and 23 new and growing schools in London (18 primaries, 3 secondaries and 2 all-through) attract less funding per pupil in 2018-19 than they did in 2017-18.

Final decisions on individual schools’ budgets are taken by the local authority, based on the local funding formula.

In 2019/20, no school will attract reduced cash funding per pupil through the national funding formula. Given that funding follows the pupil, individual schools may attract less funding in total if the number of pupils on roll decreases. The Department will publish notional funding formula allocations for 2019/20 later this year after updating calculations using the latest autumn census data.

Funding after 2019/20 will depend on the outcomes of the next Spending Review.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[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: 30 April 2018
Department for International Development
Syria: Internally Displaced People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking with (a) the UN (b) the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and (c) other international partners to support displaced people in Afrin, Syria; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2018

UK-funded partners including OCHA and other UN agencies are delivering assistance to those displaced from Afrin; this includes health, food, water, and nutrition and protection services. Both the UK and the UN are calling on all parties to facilitate access for life-saving humanitarian aid, and to allow freedom of movement for those caught up in the violence, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[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: 30 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made on the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on trends in the level of rent arrears in (a) the Enfield North constituency (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 03 May 2018

Research shows that many people come onto Universal Credit with pre-existing rent arrears. We also know that arrears are usually temporary and the majority of claimants do succeed in paying their rent, managing their monthly payments and clearing their arrears over time. In our research, the proportion of Universal Credit claimants who were in arrears at the start of their claim fell by a third after four months.

We are currently carrying out further analysis of this issue with a number of housing providers, to investigate and understand the true level of rent arrears for their tenants, what is causing them and any impacts Universal Credit may be having. It will be published when completed.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 13 April 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on UK aid to the Palestinian Authority of the decision by that Authority to pay directly the salaries of convicted terrorists.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 April 2018

At the time of responding to this question, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. UK officials are in contact with the PA to monitor the situation and the British Consul-General in Jerusalem is planning to meet with a senior Palestinian representative as soon as possible to discuss this.

Grouped Questions: 135641 | 135642
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 13 April 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking in response to the Palestinian Authority’s announcement that it will revert to directly paying the salaries of convicted terrorists.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 April 2018

At the time of responding to this question, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. UK officials are in contact with the PA to monitor the situation and the British Consul-General in Jerusalem is planning to meet with a senior Palestinian representative as soon as possible to discuss this.

Grouped Questions: 135640 | 135642
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 13 April 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Palestinian Authority on the decision by that Authority to revert to paying directly the salaries of convicted terrorists.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 April 2018

At the time of responding to this question, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. UK officials are in contact with the PA to monitor the situation and the British Consul-General in Jerusalem is planning to meet with a senior Palestinian representative as soon as possible to discuss this.

Grouped Questions: 135640 | 135641
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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 13 April 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Department's press release, Explaining British support for Palestinian education, published on 1 April 2018, how her Department plans to conduct the assessment of the Palestinian curriculum; and what plans she has to publish that assessment.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 April 2018

The UK has brought forward its planned thorough assessment of the Palestinian curriculum which will take some months to conclude. This will include a rigorous and independent review of the new pilot PA textbooks. Appropriate findings from this assessment will be released in due course.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 13 April 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Department's press release, Explaining British support for Palestinian education, published on 1 April 2018, what steps her Department plans to take if there is evidence of material that incites violence in the Palestinian curriculum.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 April 2018

The UK has brought forward its planned independent assessment of the Palestinian curriculum. We will raise any unacceptable material directly with the Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister for Education and Higher Education and continue working with the Ministry to support a high quality education for Palestinian children including through its curriculum. Our sustained support to the PA means we have a robust relationship with senior PA ministers, underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which includes requirements for the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and address allegations of incitement in the education curriculum.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 19 March 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Civil Servants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 64650, of how many Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education public servants her Department pays the salaries.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 March 2018

The UK financial disbursement to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in February 2017 contributed towards the salaries of approximately 33,000 public servants under the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 19 March 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: Teachers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 64650, of how many Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education teachers her Department pays the salaries.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 March 2018

The UK financial disbursement to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in February 2017 contributed towards the salaries of approximately 33,000 public servants under the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. This data cannot be further disaggregated on public record.

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Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 19 March 2018
Department for International Development
West Bank: Schools
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which the schools are in the West Bank for which her Department pays the salaries of the teachers.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 March 2018

UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) contributes to the salaries of individual vetted health and education public servants in the West Bank on the EU Palestinian-European Socio-Economic Management Assistance (PEGASE) list. These individuals are screened against international and ad hoc sanctions lists. They are then deployed to schools across the West Bank by the PA. The EU PEGASE mechanism therefore focuses on ensuring that individuals are comprehensively vetted and that UK funds are traced to the end beneficiary rather than focussing on where each individual is deployed at any one time.

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