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Arms Sales

Volume 33: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report a list of the countries to which the United Kingdom has sold arms in the last 12 months.

The following is a list of 58 countries with which contracts for military equipment were signed during 1981, and which were notified to the Ministry of Defence. As such, the list, though substantially correct, may not be comprehensive, because not all private orders, particularly those of a minor nature, have to be notified to the Defence Sales Organisation. All exports of military equipment as defined in group 1 of the Export of Goods (Control) Order are of course carefully controlled, and are subject to the granting of an export licence by the Department of Trade.

List of countries with which contracts for defence equipment were signed in 1981:

Abu Dhabi (UAE), Algeria, Angola, Argentina*, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Chile Dubai, Ecuador, Egypt.
Finland, France, Greece, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Irish Republic, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho.
Libya, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea.
Sudan, Surinam, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uganda, West Germany, Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe.
* The embargo imposed following the invasion of the Falkland Islands now prohibits the delivery of any military equipment from the United Kingdom to Argentina.