Andrew Smith – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for International Development

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Andrew Smith on 2014-06-24.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of the masterplans funded by her Department in Area C of the Occupied Palestinian Territory have received full approval by the Israeli government; and how long the approval process took in each case.

Mr Alan Duncan

Only two of the 32 UK-funded masterplans have received full approval so far. The process to gain approval took approximately 27 months for each. We are urging the Government of Israel to accelerate the approval of the other plans in order to allow the development of Palestinian communities in Area C without the risk of demolition.