HC Deb 29 April 1976 vol 910 cc159-60W
Mr. McNamara

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is satisfied that appropriate action has been taken to ensure that exports of tropospheric scatter communications equipment do not run counter to Government policy on exports of defence equipment.

Mr. Crosland

After careful consideration the Government have decided to bring tropospheric scatter communications equipment under general export licensing control. An Order to amend the Export of Goods (Control) Order is being made today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade. Applications for the export of this equip- ment will be dealt with in accordance with Her Majesty's Government policy in relation to particular destinations.