HC Deb 11 February 1985 vol 73 c51W
Mr. Eastham

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give a description of the types of articles purchased by or on behalf of his Department from Eastern bloc countries.

Mr. Butler

We are not aware of any systems or subsystems currently being purchased from Eastern bloc countries, although four Britten Norman aircraft purchased between 1982 and 1984 were assembled in Rumania. At the component level, some limited purchases of materials and parts may occur from time to time, but only in circumstances where no problems of strategic dependence are involved.