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Defence Equipment

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Government-to-Government agreements governing the sale, supply and transfer of defence equipment were agreed between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2002; on what date each agreement was signed; and with which country each agreement was reached. [123158]

The following government to government agreements governing the supply of defence equipment were agreed between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2002:

DateCountry
12 FebruaryCzech Republic
21 MarchCanada
22 MarchAustralia
22 MayAustria
23 JuneBangladesh
24 JulyJordan
18 OctoberThailand

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British Aerospace (a) sought and (b) obtained clearance from his Department for the payment of agency commission in connection with the sale of defence equipment to Qatar. [115148]

There is no requirement for United Kingdom companies to seek permission of the Defence Export Services Organisation to make commission payments; commercial arrangements are a matter for the companies involved, which are required to operate within the law.