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Origin Marking: Morocco

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the labelling of produce originating from territories occupied by (a) Morocco and (b) Israel. (305506)

On 10 December my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs tabled a written ministerial statement concerning technical advice on the labelling of produce from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. That advice has been issued in response to consumer and retailer concern about a lack of clarity on whether such produce comes from Israeli settlements or Palestinian producers.

We do not regard the two situations as comparable and there is no technical advice in place for commercial products originating from the territory of Western Sahara. For example the Government regard the status of Western Sahara, as distinct from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as undetermined pending resolution under the auspices of the UN.