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Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answers of 4 April, Official Report, columns 1097–98 and 19 June, Official Report, column 31, if he will list the companies other than Astra/BMARC to which the documents discovered on 16 June referred; on what date he was informed by his Department's police that further documents have been found relating to BMARC have Astra plc; whether these documents included sales documentation of arms exports by BMARC and Astra; and if he will make a statement. [38364]

Ministers were informed on 16 June of the discovery of the further documents. On the other points, I have nothing to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member on 18 July, Official Report, column 1188.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates his Department took possession of documents taken from the company BMARC; and on what dates these documents were handed over to the Scott inquiry. [38365]

Documents were taken by MOD police from BMARC on 4 and 5 April 1990, 19 and 20 May 1990, 11 July 1990 and 7 August 1990. All documents taken from BMARC, belonging to that company, have been returned to the company liquidators. The provision of these documents to the Scott inquiry is therefore a matter for the liquidators.