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Defence Export Services Organisation

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed by each Defence Export Services Organisation office outside the UK. (108631)

Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) staff employed in offices overseas are listed in the following table. In addition, staff employed in support of equipment projects in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, where the cost of these staff are met by the customer governments, are included in the second table.

Country

Staff1

Oman

3

Chile

3

Japan

2

Saudi Arabia

1

Kuwait

2

Qatar

1

UAE

2

India

5

South Korea

3

Malaysia

5

Greece

2

Brunei

2

Singapore

1

Australia

2

Turkey

1

South Africa

1

Romania

2

Vietnam

1

Brazil

1

Trinidad and Tobago

1

Libya

1

1 Part-time staff are counted as whole

Project office

Staff

Saudi Arabia

68

Kuwait

2

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which states were identified as priority or key markets in the most recent Strategic Market Analysis carried out by the Defence Export Services Organisation. (108632)

The Defence Export Services Organisation’s (DESO) Key Markets for 2005 were as follows:

Priority Markets:

Greece, India, Japan, Malaysia, Oman, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, USA.

Other Key Markets:

Algeria, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE.

A country will only be considered for DESO’s Key Markets list if its inclusion is entirely consistent with the Government’s foreign and security policy. Inclusion in the list does not, however, mean that an Export Licence would be granted for all military equipment. I am withholding information for 2006 on the grounds that its release would prejudice UK commercial interests.