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Chile

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the Chilean Government; what representations were made concerning the recently signed national accord; and if he will make a statement.

At his meeting in New York on 25 September with the Chilean Foreign Minister, my right hon. and learned Friend reminded Sr. del Valle, of the widespread interest in the United Kingdom in seeing a full and prompt return to democracy in Chile. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Dorset South (Viscount Cranborne) on 12 November at column 146.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it remains Her Majesty's Government's policy not to provide arms to Chile which could be used for internal repression; and if he will make a statement.

We have made clear on many occasions that our policy is not to approve the sale to Chile of items which, in our judgment, are likely to be used for internal repression.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with Chile on the export of Centaur half-track vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

None. The manufacturers are aware that the eventual return to Britain of their demonstration Centaur vehicle was a condition of the issue of a temporary export licence.