Israel: OECD

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 830W and 16 June 2011, Official Report, column 906W, on Israel: OECD, what subsequent steps have been taken to ensure Israeli macroeconomic data no longer include data relating to the Golan, East Jerusalem or the West Bank.

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

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) confirmed, following the visit to Israel by members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Statistics Committee in summer 2011, that it will provide statistics that distinguish pre-1967 Israel and the post-1967 areas when required to do so. This confirmed a commitment made by the CBS at the time of the OECD accession review.

The impact on Israel's macroeconomic statistics of disaggregated data was assessed to be very small—less than 4% of GDP—and it was agreed that Israel would not need to provide disaggregated statistics for this. The impact was sufficiently larger for social issues, migration and employment, and it was agreed that in these areas, Israel should be asked to continue providing disaggregated statistics for any study carried out in these areas. Israeli statistics were assessed to have been of good quality and in line with international standards.

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