HC Deb 30 May 1962 vol 660 c1339
14. Mr. Scott-Hopkins

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is satisfied with the operation of the agreements relating to the sale and purchase of arms and ammunition between this country and Britain's allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ramsden

Apart from the agreement which my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has been recently negotiating with the Federal Republic of Germany, there are no agreements about sales and purchases of arms and ammunition. As I assured my hon. Friend last week, the overall balance of transactions between this country and our allies is not unfavourable to us.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

Will my hon. Friend give an ssurance that he will do the maximum he can to encourage the sale of British arms, such as the Chieftain tank, and so on, to our N.A.T.O. allies and that he will do the maximum he can to see that there is maximum uniformity in weapons within the N.A.T.O. alliance?

Mr. Ramsden

Yes, certainly, within the accepted limits of my right hon. Friend's policy.