To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take in relation to the three UK registered companies listed in UN document HRC_43_71.
In March 2016, the UK, along with other likeminded states, abstained on the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council which called for the creation of a database of businesses that trade with settlements. The UK strongly opposed this provision. Human rights obligations are directed at states, and not individuals or businesses. We advise British businesses to bear in mind the British Government's view on the illegality of settlements under international law when considering their investments and activities in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Ultimately it is the decision of an individual or company whether to operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.