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Arms Sales

Volume 894: debated on Tuesday 24 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Defence Sales Office catalogue of arms available for overseas sale.


asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the defence sales overseas during the last calendar year; what orders are in prospect; and if he will equate the volume of defence sales with the level of jobs in the United Kingdom.

The value of defence exports for the last calendar year is not readily available. However, the value of overseas sales of defence equipment in the financial year 1974–75 is estimated at £475 million; the provisional estimate for the current financial year is £560 million, which is the equivalent of 70,000–80,000 defence industry jobs in the United Kingdom. Details of individual orders are confidential and have been so regarded by successive Governments.