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Arms Trade: Burma

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether supply by India to Burma of the Advanced Light Helicopter, containing many components made in Europe, would breach the current European Union arms embargo on Burma; and what representations they have received on this matter from British and European non-governmental organisations. [HL4892]

We have received the report released by European non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International and Saferworld, on 16 July, suggesting that exports of Advanced Light Helicopters from India to Burma may be planned. We welcome the subsequent statement by the Indian authorities denying that this is the case. We have, none the less, raised our concerns with our partners in Brussels and will be discussing the matter with them. If we found that European components were to be used in goods being exported to an embargoed country, we and EU partners would make representations to the exporting country.