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Jordan (Arms Purchases)

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister what undertakings were given by Jordan during her negotiations with King Hussein on the Jordan defence package about the forwarding of arms, ammunition and equipment to Iraq.

It is customary to include provisions restricting transfer in any major arms sales agreement.

To ask the Prime Minister (1) what financial agreements were considered during her negotiations with King Hussein on the Jordanian defence package;(2) whether her office authorised the preferential interest rates accorded to Jordan in the financing of the purchase of arms and ammunition under the Jordon defence package.

The financial arrangements governing defence sales of this kind are a matter of commercial confidence.