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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make inquiries to the Israeli authorities about the hold up at Ashdod port of specialist equipment supplied through the UNESCO programme for heritage restoration work in the Old City of Jerusalem; and if she will make a statement. (93147)

Staff from our consulate general in Jerusalem have contacted United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, who explained that the delay was due to Israeli public holidays. They expect the issue to be resolved within a matter of days.