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Israel: Imports

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 July 2009, Official Report, column 856W, on Israel: imports, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the draft voluntary guidance on origin labelling of produce from the occupied Palestinian territories and (b) the minutes of the roundtable meeting with representatives from food retailers and trading organisations. (287258)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is working with other Departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Food Standards Agency with the intention of carrying out a public consultation on the labelling of produce from the Occupied Palestinian Territories shortly. The draft voluntary guidance will be available on DEFRA's website. The details of the roundtable meeting with food retailers and traders will not be disclosed, since to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.