§ 39. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence the policy of Her Majesty's Government with regard to the export of conventional weapons of war.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (Mr. Nigel Birch)
It is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to permit the export of conventional weapons of war to Commonwealth and other friendly countries. There is an embargo on sales of all types of weapons of war to the Soviet bloc and to China.
§ Mr. Henderson
In view of the wide publicity given to the recent statement of Senator McCarthy in the U.S. Senate to the effect that Her Majesty's Government are planning to ship large quantities of tanks and guns to Communist China, will the Minister take this opportunity of refuting this distortion of British policy?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
In view of the fact that the export of arms is permitted or encouraged to Commonwealth and friendly countries, may I ask in what category comes the export of arms to Spain?
§ Mr. Ernest Davies
May we have an answer from the Parliamentary Secretary? Is Spain considered to be a friendly country or not? Is the export of arms to Spain allowed, or not?