To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide details of the value of arms sales by the United Kingdom to Iraq for each of the years from 1980 to 1989 inclusive in the same form as that provided in his answer to the hon. Member for Eccles (Miss Lestor) on 19 June 1989, Official Report, column 59.
It has been the normal policy of successive Administrations not to provide details of arms sales to specific countries as this is a commercially confidential matter between the customer and the supplier. I see no reason to make a further exception in this case. However, since the beginning of the Iran-Iraq conflict in September 1980 the United Kingdom has refused to allow the supply of any lethal equipments to Iraq in accordance with the guidelines applying to the export of such equipments to both countries.