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Volume 884: debated on Monday 13 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is his policy towards the supply of computers to foreign Governments.

Subject to our international obligations, we encourage the export of computers to both public and private purchasers.

Is the Minister satisfied with the advice which he received from the Defence Department and the Foreign Office in the case of the supply of computer specialists to aid the installation of a Univac computer for the Turkish Defence Ministry? Does the hon. Gentleman think that this is in accordance with our policy of fairness of treatment for all people in the island of Cyprus, when that installation was being used for the disposition of Turkish troops there?

The case to which the hon. Gentleman refers involved the sale of an American computer and not a British one. Her Majesty's Government were not involved, and the computer will not be supplied from the United Kingdom.