HC Deb 20 July 1982 vol 28 cc101-2W
Mr. Latham

asked the Minister for Trade how often he, or other Ministers in his Department, have visited Israel since 23 July 1981; what further steps have been taken before the current hostilities to encourage trade with Israel; and what have been the results.

Mr. Peter Rees

No Department of Trade Ministers have visited Israel since 23 July 1981; the fifth meeting of the United Kingdom-Israel joint committee was held in Israel in November 1981; the British Overseas Trade Group for Israel continued its normal promotional activities in the period in question; trade for the eight months for which figures are available, September 1981 to April 1982 totalled: exports to Israel £161 million; imports from Israel £186 million.