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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 830W, on Israel: OECD, on what dates the OECD study team quantifying the effects on Israeli macroeconomic statistics of the inclusion of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank has met in 2011; what input the UK representative has provided to the team; and what sources of economic data independent of the Israeli Government have been used.
The OECD Study Team comprises national experts from Australia, Norway and the UK, together with OECD officials in Paris, and has been holding regular conference calls on the review since December 2010. A fact-finding visit was made to Israel by OECD officials in January 2011 and the Study Team has recently visited Israel to discuss its findings with the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The Study Team will be reporting to OECD's Committee on Statistics later in June. The UK representative has played a full and active part in the review process, advising on issues arising and contributing to production of the final report. The Study Team has utilised data provided by the CBS for the review: it would not have been practicable to draw on extraneous data.