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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 225607, tabled on 26 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support cultural exchanges between artists and educators in the UK and their counterparts in Gaza.

Answered on

5 March 2015

The British Council maintains a full-time office in Gaza, with a staff of three who are involved in supporting UK – Gaza interaction in the fields of culture and education. Access restrictions together with our current travel advice warning against travel to Gaza, makes this work hard. However, despite these difficulties, our ongoing commitment has recently yielded various training events for Gazan educators in the West Bank, and Gazan delegates attending the 2014 British Council regional workshop, on “Cultural Leadership and Innovation”, in Beruit.