House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the blockade on the prospects for the long-term future of the Gazan fishing industry.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The UK regularly makes representations at both ministerial and official level to the Government of Israel on the urgent need to ease restrictions on Gaza. The Secretary of State for International Development my right honourable friend Mr Mitchell and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my honourable friend Mr Burt, discussed these issues during visits to the region in December 2011 and January 2012.

Alongside our European Union partners, we have urged Israel to extend the fishing zone from 3 to 20 nautical miles, as stipulated in the Oslo Accords. We frequently emphasise the impact restrictions are having on industry in Gaza.

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