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Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give the details of the sanctions-breaking operations conducted by the official trading agencies in certain East European countries; and whether he will name the three Swiss companies that acted as intermediaries.

I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the right hon. Member for Stafford and Stone (Mr. Fraser) on 2nd March.—[Vol. 927, c. 229.]

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonweatlh Affairs what are the established procedures for dealing with evidence in relation to the breaking of sanctions, referred to in the answer given to the hon. Member for Chorley (Mr. Rodgers), Official Report, 2nd March 1977, column 348.

Information suggesting that British companies have been involved in breaches of sanctions is first of all examined by my right hon. Friend's Department. Where further inquiries are necessary to establish whether an offence has been committed it is passed to the appropriate Whitehall Departments for further investigation and any subsequent action.