HC Deb 05 July 1937 vol 326 cc16-7
20. Miss Rathbone

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the names of the countries to which we are bound by treaty obligations to permit the purchase of arms or munitions from this country?

Mr. Eden

The annexure to the Treaty of Alliance between the United Kingdom and Iraq of 30th June, 1930, provides that His Majesty's Government undertake to grant, whenever they may be required by His Majesty the King of Iraq, all possible facilities, inter alia, in the matter of the provision of arms, ammunition, equipment, ships and aeroplanes of the latest available pattern for the forces of His Majesty the King of Iraq. As recorded in a Note attached to the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of Alliance of 26th August, 1936, His Majesty's Government undertake to use their good offices to facilitate the supply of such armament and equipment from the United Kingdom at prices similar to those which would be paid by His Majesty's Government whenever the Egyptian Government so desire. By notes exchanged with the Government of Saudi Arabia on 20th May, 1927, and 3rd October, 1936, His Majesty's Government have stated that if the Government of Saudi Arabia should place orders for arms, ammunition and war material with British manufacturers His Majesty's Government will not, subject to the regulations in force in the United Kingdom at the time of exportation, prevent the export thereof or place any obstacle to their importation into Saudi Arabia.