§ 26. Mr. Swingler
asked the President of the Board of Trade the total values of military and para-military equipment exported to the Arab States and to Israel, respectively, in the last five years.
§ Mr. Low
It is not the usual practice to disclose the value of military equipment sold to foreign countries, but certain figures covering exports of both civil and military goods are published from time to time. The figures relating to Israel and Egypt were circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT of 22nd November and those relating to Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, yesterday. With permission, I will circulate the figures for the remaining Arab countries in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Swingler
While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for those facts, may I ask whether it would be a fair inference from these figures to say that Her Majesty's Government have spent a
|UNITED KINGDOM EXPORTS|
|Value £ thousand|
|—||Year 1951||Year 1952||Year 1953||Year 1954||Year 1955||Jan.-June, 1956||Total Jan., 1951–June, 1956|
|Explosives (including industrial explosives) to:|
|Bahrain, Qatar and Trucial Oman||27||13||16||31||42||10||381|
|Muscat and Oman||0||1||2||2||4||6||15|
|Arms, ammunition and military stores and appliances (including sporting guns and some other non-military material) to:|
|Bahrain, Qatar and Trucial Oman||5||26||37||7||17||8||334|
|Muscat and Oman||0||15||12||1||29||2||59|
|Aircraft and parts (including civil aircraft) to:|
|Bahrain, Qatar and Trucial Oman||42||60||48||20||144||23||799|
|Muscat and Oman||—||—||—||—||0||—||0|
|0 = less than half the final digit shown.|
|— = nil.|
§ great deal of time in the last few years arming the enemies of Israel and increasing tension in the Middle East by supplying comparatively large quantities of munitions, in particular to Col. Nasser's forces?
How much of this equipment was exported after the Government were aware that large Russian exports were going to Col. Nasser?
§ Following are the figures: