HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 c17W
74. Mr. Wade

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what principles are observed by Her Majesty's Government when deciding whether to permit the sale of arms to a foreign country to be used for the purpose of carrying on a civil war; and how these principles were applied to the shipment of arms from Great Britain to the former Government of Cuba prior to 15th December, 1958.

Mr. R. Allan

It is not the policy of Her Majesty's Government to permit the sale to foreign countries of arms to be used for the purpose of carrying on a civil war.

While each application for the export of arms is considered in the light of its political, strategic and economic implications, Her Majesty's Government as a general principle authorise the supply of arms to Governments with which they are in normal diplomatic relations provided that there is no reason to suspect that the arms will be used for aggression against other countries.