HC Deb 22 July 1968 vol 769 c36W
Sir C. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for Defence why he gave the Government arms salesman permission to sell arms to Nigeria, and refused him permission to sell them to Zambia; and to what other markets he has denied sales in addition to Spain, South Africa, and Rhodesia.

Mr. Healey

Proposals to sell defence equipment abroad are considered in the light of the types of equipment involved and of the relevant political, economic and strategic factors applicable at the time. Naturally some proposals have to be turned down in whole or in part, even in the case of those markets we would in different circumstances wish to satisfy. As regards Nigeria, the question has been fully ventilated in both Houses recently. The Head of Defence Sales has not been given any general prohibition in the case of Zambia.