To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many export licence applications are outstanding; and how many have been outstanding for more than (a) one month, (b) three months and (c) more than three months. 
At 18 November, a decision had not yet been taken on 2,306 applications for new individual export licences received since 2 May 1997. These are broken down as follows:
|Applications received between 2 May 1997 and 17 August 1997||Applications received between 18 August 1997and 17 October 1997||Applications received between 18 October 1997and 18 November 1997|
|Standard individual export licences||447||835||869|
|Open individual export licences||75||54||26|
Official Report, columns 256–58.