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Skyvan Aircraft (Sale To Indonesia)

Volume 728: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1966

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asked the Minister of Aviation if he will state the Government's reasons for refusing to allow Short Brothers and Harland to enter into a contract for the sale of Skyvan aircraft to Indonesia for civil use.

During the period of confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia the Government have necessarily had to prohibit the supply of aircraft which could be of military value. This policy is constantly under review, and the present restriction on trade will be relaxed as circumstances permit.