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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 10 April, Official Report, column 399W, on imported goods, for each year since the implementation of the EU/Israel Association Agreement, what was the sum value to importers of goods from Israel of the differential between the preferential duty rates applied under the Agreement and the average full duty rate for goods under verification; and if he will list the preferential duty rates on goods imported from Israel in the EU/Israel Association Agreement. [110477]

HM Customs and Excise have no information on the amount of duty saved as a result of EU/Israel Association Agreement.The HM Customs and Excise Tariff lists both full and preferential rates of duty. As indicated in my answer on 10 April, a copy of the Tariff has been laid in the Library of the House. While the EU/Israel Association Agreement does specify duty rates, these are set out in terms of exemptions and percentage reductions rather than a list of rates.