HC Deb 01 December 1966 vol 737 cc610-1
46. Mr. Wall

asked the President of the Board of Trade what restrictions have been placed on British exports to South Africa.

Mr. Jay

Only the embargo on the export of arms announced by the Prime Minister on 17th November, 1964.

Mr. Wall

Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that the embargo on arms does not include shells and ammunition or frigates built in this country, and will he explain why the Government are not supplying light ammunition to South African warships under the Simonstown Agreement?

Mr. Jay

The definition of the embargo is laid down in the United Nations Resolution. If the hon. Gentleman wishes to know how it applies to certain detailed items, I shall be glad to try to give him an answer.

Mr. Whitaker

Is it not decreasing our area of honourable manoeuvrability to continue Imperial preference to South Africa, which this party opposed when in opposition?

Mr. Jay

My hon. Friend should remember that this is a two-way bargain in which we get preference from south Africa as well as giving it in return. This also must be borne in mind.

Mr. McMaster

In view of the uncertainty facing the aircraft industry in Northern Ireland and particularly the rising and heavy unemployment there, will the right hon. Gentleman review his policy on the export of Seacat missiles, which cannot possibly be used against personnel in South Africa?

Mr. Jay

We are bound, as other countries are, by the United Nations Resolution.

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