Overseas Trade: Israel

Treasury written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the licensing process for the importation of goods sourced, packaged or grown on Israeli settlements which the UN has declared illegal for the purpose of preventing the licensing of such goods.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

The European Commission has responsibility for the licensing system and would, as such, initiate and undertake any review. The Commission last examined the rules for agricultural products in 2008. The Government cannot take unilateral action to review, amend or alter the processes and requirements for issuing import licences for goods imported from the Israeli settlements.

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