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South Africa (Supply Of Arms)

Volume 645: debated on Wednesday 26 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Defence what arms have been supplied to South Africa since it became a Republic; and if he will give an assurance that no further arms will be supplied until the results of his present discussions on future defence relations with South Africa have been laid before the House.

It has been the practice of successive Governments not to disclose information about arms supplied to other countries. I am not prepared to give any assurance about the supply of arms to South Africa.