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Saudi Arabia: Defence

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia on the Saudi British Defence Cooperation Programme was signed; what the scope of the memorandum is; and whether it supersedes the al-Yamamah memoranda of understanding of (a) 1985, (b) 1986 and (c) 1988. (201672)

The UK and Saudi Arabian Governments agreed to close al-Yamamah at the end of 2006. It was further agreed that support for equipment already in service with the Saudi Arabian armed forces should be provided under a new and discrete defence co-operation programme funded through the Saudi Arabian Defence Budget. This new arrangement has been named the Saudi British Defence Co-operation Programme (SBDCP) and it has been in operation since the beginning of 2007. There is no separate memorandum of understanding governing the operation and structure of the SBDCP, which operates under the auspices of the 1986 MOU.