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Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade what further exceptions there have been concerning the Government's export licensing policy towards Iran following his statements of 18 January 1994, Official Report, column 509, and 6 July 1994, Official Report, column 224. [39329]

As I said in my earlier statement, a number of representations have been received by my Department concerning export business entered into before the moratorium on export licences was imposed on 17 December 1992. We have identified a third case concerning the completion of a contract for repair and overhaul in the United Kingdom of non-lethal marine components.

In the circumstances, we have agreed to issue a licence which would allow these components to be returned to their owners in Iran unrepaired.