§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will establish the level of commission paid to individuals to secure the A1-Yamamah contract. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 27 June 1997]: The British Government have not employed business agents to secure the A1-Yamamah contract and has paid no commissions. Any use of agents by companies associated with A1-Yamamah is a matter for those companies, but the prime contractor, British Aerospace, has assured us that it operates in accordance with the laws and regulations of Saudi Arabia.