Israel: Overseas Trade

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) what his policy is on the sale of goods in the UK that were sourced, packaged or grown on Israeli settlements which the United Nations has declared illegal;

(2) if he will bring forward proposals for a ban on the sale of goods in the UK that were sourced, packaged or grown on Israeli settlements which the United Nations has declared illegal.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Government's policy on settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is clear. Settlements are not only illegal under international law and in direct contravention of Israel's Roadmap commitments, but they also represent an attempt to create 'facts on the ground' which makes a two-state solution harder to achieve. It is important that consumers in the UK are able to make fully informed decision concerning the products they buy. That is why, in December 2009, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs introduced guidelines in consultation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to label more accurately produce from Israeli settlements that are sold in the UK. This does not represent a ban on the sale of products from Israeli settlements in the UK.

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