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Surplus Firearms

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why pistols sold to QED by his Department and shown in the appropriation accounts for 1982–83 as being the subject of a £450,000 settlement, were not subject to the nationally agreed policy referred to in the reply of 14 December, Official Report, column 346, relating to the disposal of surplus firearms; and if he will make a statement.

The contract for the sale of pistols to QED (Design and Development) Ltd. pre-dated the current policy. The settlement arose from the cancellation of the contract in the light of the change of policy.