§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what Ministry of Defence establishments Mr. Bart Khan, of the Birmingham-based firm of Micro-Xenox, was permitted to visit; what associations he had with the Ministry of Defence; and on what basis.
§ Mr. Pattie
Mr. Bart Khan of Micro-Xeno Ltd, is known to have visited the Admiralty surface weapons establishment (ASWE) at Portsdown, Portsmouth, in October 1981.
He was invited to visit a member of that establishment to provide information on a new computer memory following the appearance of an article describing this product in a copy of the "Electronic Times" dated August 1981. It was thought at that time that the memory might have some application to work which was then being undertaken within the establishment. In the event it turned out that the performance did not meet the Admiralty surface weapons establishment requirements, and negotiations ceased. Mr. Khan was not given access to any classified information.
A number of other inquiries about Micro-Xeno Ltd products were addressed to the firm, either in writing or by telephone from other Ministry of Defence establishments. As far as can be ascertained no other actual visits were made by Mr. Khan as a result of these inquiries.