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Imports

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consignments of goods were imported into the UK from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (287171)

The information is not available. The Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories do not have a separate country of origin code from which HMRC can identify the imports concerned. Importers can only declare Israel or the occupied Palestinian territory as the country of origin on customs import declarations.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of goods exported from the UK to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (287172)

No estimate has been made. The Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories do not have a separate country code. Consequently, it is not possible for HMRC to identify the exports concerned. Exporters can only declare Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories as the country of destination on the customs export declaration.