HC Deb 27 March 2001 vol 365 cc586-7W
Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives his Department has undertaken to encourage British companies to invest in the territory under the administration of the Palestinan National Authority. [155449]

Mr. Hain

Trade Partners UK, in conjunction with the British Consulate-General Jerusalem, provide a wide range of services including advice and information for British companies considering doing business in the territories under the administration of the Palestine National Authority. In November 1999 in conjunction with the Middle East Association, Trade Partners UK organised a seminar in support of the Bethlehem 2000 Project. In July 2000 the Export Promoter for West Bank and Gaza arranged with the support of the BC-G Jerusalem and the Institute of Packaging, two seminars in market and earlier this year Trade Partners UK organised an inward mission to a UK exhibition for the hospitality industry.

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