§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement about the sale of defence equipment to Iran;116W
(2) if he will make a statement about the proposed sale of British submarines to Iran.
§ Mr. Mason
While it is not our practice to disclose details of individual arms deals with other Governments, I can confirm that recent Press reports about an Iranian order for submarines are mistaken. No such order has been placed in the United Kingdom and despite inquiries from the Iranians it is our understanding that they have no requirement for United Kingdom submarines at present.