§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Dr. Burgin)
During July, 25 machine guns were exported to Spain. No other supplies of a specifically military character were exported during the period 16 referred to in the question, but in July there were exported 146 cwt. of smokeless sporting powder and also aircraft parts to the value of £1,999. During August, seven aircraft were exported before the entry into force of the nonintervention agreement on the 19th. It is understood that these aircraft and the aircraft parts were civil aircraft and parts of civil aircraft. No exports of the kind covered by the question have been exported after 19th August.
§ Mr. THORNE
Has the hon. Gentleman got any information as to how and where these munitions were supplied—whether to General Franco or to the Spanish Government?
§ Dr. BURGIN
The 25 machine guns in question, which were exported in July, were exported to the order of the Spanish Government under a licence issued on 21st November, 1935.
§ Dr. BURGIN
I have pointed out that the 25 machine guns were exported to the order of the Spanish Government under a licence issued on 21st November, 1935. The export was made in the month of July of this year.
§ Mr. McGOVERN
Is it the intention of the Government to refuse arms to any Government that is attacked, no matter what its political complexion is?