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Iraq: Export Of Demining Equipment

Volume 620: debated on Thursday 21 December 2000

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether any goods subject to strategic export controls have recently been approved for export to Iraq. [HL62]

Following consultation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Trade and Industry recently approved a licence to export 12 electronic exploders, controlled under the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994, as amended, to the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for use in demining activities in Iraq under the UN Oil for Food Programme. The export of these goods to Iraq has been approved by the UN Sanctions Committee.