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Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether Rolls-Royce has sold Olympus and Proteus engines to the Iranian navy at any time in the last 10 years;

(2) whether spare parts for Chieftain tanks have been supplied to the Iranian Government at any time in the last 10 years;

(3) whether Plessey has sold the Iranian Government air defence radars at any time in the past 10 years.

It has been the policy of successive Administrations not to give details of defence equipment sales to specific countries. In respect of Iran, however, the guidelines on defence exports to that country announced by my right hon. and learned Friend, the then Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary on 29 October 1985, Official Report, column 450, have been rigorously applied since the date of their promulgation in December 1984.