§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the decision to postpone a recent meeting of Cocom.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The most recent meeting of COCOM was held on 27 to 28 February at executive committee level. This was originally planned to be a high level meeting, but since some outstanding technical issues in the exercise to reform the COCOM controls remained, the high level meeting was postponed until the new "core list" of controls is ready for implementation.
The executive committee meeting made much progress towards solving the problems. Work continues in order to resolve the remaining issues rapidly.