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Chile (Export Licences)

Volume 78: debated on Friday 10 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his policy regarding the granting of export licences for vehicles, weapons or equipment to Chile.

In the case of Chile or other countries arms sales are considered individually on their merit. The nature of the regime of the importing country and the use to which the equipment may be put are among the many factors which are taken into account before a decision is made whether or not to grant an export licence.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for export licences have been made for the sale of vehicles, equipment or weapons to Chile in the past 12 months.

It has been the practice of successive Governments not to make public information of this kind.