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Arab Boycott

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he intends to take any further steps to assist British exporters whose trade is adversely affected by the Arab boycott of Israel.

The Government already give advice and assistance to firms experiencing problems with the Arab boycott. We are always ready to consider suggestions for improving the service.

While accepting the sincerity of the Government's condemnation of the Arab boycott, does not the Minister consider that the authentication of boycott documents by the Government is entirely inconsistent with that attitude? As the boycott now extends to Egypt as well as Israel, and as the Government are entirely in favour of peace between those two countries, as well as the peace process that has been initiated, will not they now at least stop that practice of authentication?

As to authentication, the Government's position was made very clear in the answer given by the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 5 November. I cannot add to that answer.