Director of the Scottish Conservatives, Lord McInnes CBE, this week asked the Department for International Trade about the value of trade between Scotland and Israel, and what steps the Government is taking to “further strengthen ties” between the two countries.
In his questions, Lord McInnes asked Her Majesty’s Government “what was the value of trade between Scotland and Israel in 2015; and what steps they are taking to further strengthen ties between Scotland and Israel”.
Minister of State for Trade Policy, Lord Price CVO, responded stating: “The value of trade in goods between Scotland and Israel was £75 million in 2015. This does not include services, which will make this figure considerably higher”.
He underlined: “Israel is an important trading partner for the UK and we are committed to further strengthening our important trade relationship”.
Lord McInnes joined CFI on its first ever delegation of 10 Scottish Conservatives to Israel and the West Bank in August this year. The visit received widespread press coverage in the British and Israeli press, with talks now underway to encourage airlines to operate a flight between Scotland and Israel.