HC Deb 20 January 1993 vol 217 c267W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with setting up a United Nations arms register.

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 19 January 1993]: The register was established by a UN general assembly resolution in December 1991. In December 1992 the general assembly approved by consensus a report by technical experts on the register's implementation. Participating countries are required to provide their first returns of information by 30 April 1993 covering arms imports and exports in the calendar year 1992. The Secretary-General will produce an annual report containing the information registered which will be available for consultation by member states.