HC Deb 30 March 1995 vol 257 cc739-40W
Mr. Dunnachie

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the use by Turkish security forces of military equipment with special reference to helicopters and armoured vehicles, to commit human rights violations; and if he will make a statement. [17145]

Mr. David Davis

None. Proposed United Kingdom arms sales to Turkey, as to other countries, are considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to stringent licensing procedures. Before a license is granted, a wide range of factors are taken into account, including an assessment of the recipient country"s human rights records and of the use to which the equipment will be put. We do not grant licences for the sale of equipment which we believe is likely to be used for internal repression.