§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list current proscribed destinations under the COCOM rules; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) on 7 December, at column463.
There are currently 24 destinations proscribed under the Co-ordinating Committee on Multilateral Export Controls—COCOM—rules. These are:The Republics of the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan), the People's Republic of China, the Czech and Slovak Republic, the Mongolian People's Republic, the People's Democratic Republic of North Korea, the Republic of Poland, Romania and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Hungary was removed from the list of proscribed destinations in May this year. COCOM will consider removing other countries from the list as they make progress in establishing effective control procedures for the export or re-export of sensitive goods and technology.