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Iran (Trade Embargo)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Prime Minister if, in the light of President Carter's appeal to Western Governments to support a trade embargo against Iran, she will stop the delivery to the Iranian Government of the Fleet supply ship recently completed by Swan Hunter.

As I told the House on 14 April, we are considering urgently with our partners how best we can respond to President Carter's appeal to intensify our efforts in support of the United States Government. The fleet supply ship "Kharg" has not yet been accepted by the Iranian Government. The builders have applied for an export licence on behalf of the Iranian Government, but no decision has yet been taken by the Government. No arms or military equipment have been sold to Iran since the hostage crisis began in early November.