HC Deb 25 January 1984 vol 52 cc596-7W
30. Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by Her Majesty's Government to increase the control over the sale of arms by European Economic Community members to other countries.

Mr. Luce

None. Sales of arms, except to the Warsaw pact countries and certain other destinations—which are subject to multilaterally agreed control—are a matter for national Governments within their obligations under international law.

In cases where arms sales by a European Community member country might threaten British interests, we naturally make our views known to the Government concerned.