HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 c510W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards exist to ensure that arms exports to non-North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states are not subsequently used against the United Kingdom.

Mr. Butler

Each arms sale overseas requires an export licence. All applications for export licences are very carefully considered on a case by case basis. In order to ensure that it is, in every respect, in the national interest, a wide range of political, strategic, economic and security factors are taken into account before any licence is granted.

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