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Arms Export Licences

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 25 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement on the granting of licences to export arms to Robert Cherrett and Leonard Hammond whilst awaiting trial on charges of illegally exporting arms.

All applications for licences to export arms are considered individually on their merits. Any information casting doubt on the legitimacy of a transaction would be taken into account. The fact that an applicant faced charges relating to alleged offences concerning exports would not, however, necessarily lead to the refusal of a licence in an unrelated case, provided there was no objection to the export on national policy grounds and Departments were satisfied that the application and supporting documentation were in order.