HC Deb 23 March 2004 vol 419 c731W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice is given to UK companies on investment in(a) Israel and (b) the Occupied Territories of Palestine. [162037]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) does not actively promote investment opportunities overseas in any particular market. UKTI monitors commercial developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories and alerts UK companies on a case by case basis to specific opportunities in each market. UKTI is ready to offer general advice and support to all UK companies wishing to invest overseas, but it is for the companies themselves to judge the benefits and risks of overseas investment in any market and take decisions accordingly.