§ 30. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what applications for the purchase of modern military equipment have been received from Spain; and what action has been taken thereon.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
I assume that the hon. Member has in mind equipment which would not have been permitted to be exported before the relaxation in Her Majesty's Government's policy announced on 14th December last. No actual applications for such equipment have yet been received.
§ Mr. Davies
Since no applications have been received, why did the Government decide to lift the ban in this case? What was the point of making this gesture towards Franco without getting anything in return, and for no apparent purpose?
Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that these repeated attacks on the Government of Spain greatly strengthen their position in Spain?