On 23rd February 2015, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, received answers to three written questions on the situation in Gaza.
The Lord Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the funding available to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Gaza. [HL4862]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development (Baroness Northover): The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) suspended its cash assistance programme for repairs to damaged homes in Gaza due to a shortage of funds last month. The UK has provided £9million to the UNRWA Gaza Flash Appeal, and remains the third largest donor to the UNRWA General Fund. The UK has also used its influence as a predictable, multi-year donor to UNRWA to set incentives for change, including linking funding to reform and results.
Baroness Northover: The UK remains deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Over 100,000 people were made homeless by the conflict last summer, more than 10,000 of whom are still sheltering in UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) operated Collective Centres.
The UK provided £17million of emergency assistance to support those affected by the conflict last summer and is providing a further £20million of early recovery assistance.
The Lord Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to pledge any funds to assist United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Gaza to restart its cash assistance programme in Gaza.
Baroness Northover: In response to the Gaza conflict last summer, the UK has already provided £9million to the UNRWA Gaza Flash Appeal which has been used to provide rental subsidies and cash assistance.
The UK also remains the third largest donor to the UNRWA General Fund, providing £106.5million between 2012 and 2015. Future funding decisions will be based on an assessment of need and the resources available.