International development committee chairman Stephen Twigg has confirmed that he intends to raise the proposal with MPs after he receiving a letter from a British woman who was butchered and left for dead by Palestinian terrorists.
Kay Wilson sent the letter, supported by 130 campaigners, after she discovered that the Palestinian Authority is potentially using British taxpayers’ money to pay her attackers in prison who also killed her American friend Kristine Luken.
The two murderers have received £9,000 each according to reports.
The row highlights how British aid money is being wasted on corrupt regimes supporting the Daily Express campaign to end the £13 billion international development budget and spend it on British priorities including the NHS.
Mr Twigg told the Express: “I received Kay Wilson’s letter and I take its contents very seriously.”
He said not give a response on behalf of the committee until it had been discussed.
However, he went on: “As a committee we generally undertake two major inquiries at a time.
“However we do have other opportunities to raise issues with Department for International Development (Dfid) ministers and I will discuss with other committee members how best to do so in this case.”
Wilson who said she watched her friend murdered claimed ministers have misled Parliament
She described how she and her friend were held for 30 minutes at knifepoint then gagged and bound before being butchered with machetes.
She said: “Kristine was murdered.
“I watched my friend being killed before my eyes.
“I only survived because I played dead.”
She said: “I watched my attacker plunge the knife into my chest, just missing my heart.”
The two attackers were jailed but belonged to a group allied to Fatah which runs the Palestinian Authority which has since used aid money to pay them while they sit in jail.
“However, despite the fact that your committee possesses wide-ranging powers to examine DFID’s work you have chosen to ignore the Palestinian Authority’s funding and incitement of terrorism.”
She pointed out that Dfid ministers have been unable to produce a list of so-called civil servants in the Palestinian Authority who have been receiving aid money channelled through World Bank Trust Fund.
She also asked for a British version of the USA’s Taylor Force Act which blocks payments to Gaza and the West Bank unless the Palestinian Authority can certify it is taking steps to end acts of violence against U.S. and Israeli citizens, condemning attacks and has terminated payments to terrorists.
Dfid has said: “Only named public servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible and a robust verification system validates that funds are being used for intended purposes.”
However, Ms Wilson claimed: “There is now strong evidence that ministers have misled Parliament about how taxpayers’ money is distributed and there is incontestable evidence that the Palestinian Authority misuses aid funds, glorifies terror and prevents much needed development funds reaching those most in need.
“As the chair of the International Development Select Committee my co-signatories and I demand that you institute an enquiry into these matters as a matter of urgency.”
A Dfid spokesman said: “These claims are wrong and misleading. No UK aid is used for payments to Palestinian prisoners or their families.