HC Deb 10 May 1990 vol 172 cc211-2W
Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a table in theOfficial Report showing, for the last five years for which data are available, in real and cash terms (a) the value of trade in arms betweeen the United Kingdom and (i) Burma, (ii) China, (iii) India, (iv) Indonesia, (v) Jordan, (vi) Malaysia, (vii) Phillipines, (viii) Sri Lanka, (ix) Thailand and (x) the Yemen Republic correlated in each year against (b) domestic United Kingdom arms production in cash and real terms and (c) United Kingdom procurement of domestically produced arms.

Mr. Alan Clark

It has been the practice of successive Administrations not to publish such detailed information for reasons of commercial confidentiality and national security. However, statistics of United Kingdom defence sales from 1984–89 by broad geographic areas are set out in volume 2 of the Statement on the Defence Estimates 1990.