§ 17. Mr. Newton
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement on his policy towards the export of communications equipment under the Export of Goods (Control) Order.
§ Mr. Newton
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is now very great concern in my constituency and in the Chelmsford constituency about the question mark hanging over a Marconi contract with South Africa? Is he further aware that many trade unionists are anxious about the many hundreds of jobs which may be at stake? Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake that those jobs will be given due weight in the balance and agree that, in present circumstances, that weight ought to be very heavy indeed?
§ Mr. Frank Allaun
Will my right hon. Friend confirm that this contract was to be with the Defence Department of South Africa, which means that it had military significance, and that its purpose was for use in Namibia, just as the Americans used the system in Vietnam?