HC Deb 11 December 1956 vol 562 cc198-9
8. Mr. Swingler

asked the President of the Board of Trade the present policy on granting licences for shipments of military and para-military equipment to Middle Eastern States.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The United Nations Resolution of 2nd November calls upon member States to refrain from introducing military goods into the area of hostilities. We have complied with this recommendation. The export of arms and equipment is permitted to countries towards which we have treaty obligations and to other friendly States.

Mr. Swingler

Whilst thanking the President for that reply, may I ask whether it would not be wise policy to stop shipping arms to any Middle East countries, at any rate until the situation has clarified? Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that no arms are being shipped to countries whose Governments have declared hostility to the existence of Israel?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Perhaps the hon. Member would put that question to the Foreign Secretary.