HC Deb 27 April 1982 vol 22 c262W
31. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has received the communication from the hon. Member for Newham, North-West giving details of the substantial quantities of British arms sold and despatched to Argentina up to and including October 1981; what further supplies have been sent since and up to what date; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Pattie

I have received the letter and will reply shortly. In the exceptional circumstances of the Falklands crisis, I have informed the House in general terms of defence sales to Argentina since 1977. I do not, however, propose, certainly during the present operation, to change the practice, upheld by successive Governments, of not disclosing details of individual defence sales.