§ Mr. Gordon Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when International Military Services was made aware of the Iraqi export order placed with Sheffield Forgemasters and Walter Somers;
(2) what was the day on which his Department was first aware of the military implications of the Iraqi contract;
(3) what was the day on which it became known that Dr. Gerald Bull had conceived plans involving piping for a gun or launcher;
(4) when the Defence Export Services Organisation secretariat was made aware of the Iraqi order with Sheffield Forgemasters and Walter Somers;
(5) what was the day on which his Department was first made aware that Iraq was acquiring export material for a major gun or launcher.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
In the light of the charges laid against an individual yesterday and in the light of the continuing investigations by Customs and Excise, it would be inappropriate to give any further information.