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South Africa (Military Equipment)

Volume 113: debated on Friday 3 April 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will give details of all cases in which prosecutions of Customs compounding have taken place in relation to the supply of arms and related material to South Africa since the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 418, 1977;(2) what action has been taken following the discovery by Her Majesty's Customs officials on 27 February 1986, that cargoes on board the MS St Maguire at Felixstowe described as agricultural machinery bound for a company known as M & I Engineers Pty, Pretoria, South Africa, were in fact components of 140 mm howitzers being exported in breach of the United Nations mandatory arms embargo; and if he will make a statement;(3) what action will be taken by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to investigate allegations that the MV Lady Anita exported 140 howitzers from Felixstowe on 28 November 1984 which were destined for South Africa in breach of the United Nations mandatory arms embargo.