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Precision Guided Missiles

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when approaches were made to Her Majesty's Government in relation to the (a) resale and (b) transfer of precision guided missiles supplied to the United Arab Emirates by (i) ISC-Ferranti and (ii) GEC-Marconi; what was the outcome of these approaches; and if he will list the (1) resales and (2) transfers which have subsequently taken place indicating the country concerned.[36831]

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his officials reviewed the ISC-Ferranti precision guided missile for compliance with the missile technology control regime; and what was the outcome of that review. [36605]

It is not normal practice to reveal advice on individual export licence applications, but all applications relating to missiles are reviewed against our obligations under the missile technology control regime, as well as other considerations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which section of his Department was responsible for expressing the concern referred to on page 865, sub-paragraph vi of the Scott inquiry report in relation to ISC-Ferranti contracts for precision guided missiles. [36606]

It is not normal practice to disclose the source of advice, nor did Sir Richard Scott see the need in this particular case.