HC Deb 11 July 1966 vol 731 c137W
56. Mr. Orme

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that British weapons supplied by Her Majesty's Government were used in the spring offensive by the Iraqi Army and Air Force against the Kurdistan people in Iraq; and what conditions he makes, when supplying such weapons, about their use.

Mr. George Thomson

Her Majesty's Government regret the fighting in Kurdistan, as any other instability in the Middle East, but we regard the Kurdish question as an internal Iraqi matter. No conditions are attached to any arms we sell to Iraq, but all requests for arms are considered on their merits in the light of our desire to maintain stability in the area.