HC Deb 18 June 1997 vol 296 c217W
Mrs. Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will identify by name, rank and unit, such Indonesian(a) military, (b) security, (c) police, (d) paramilitary and (e) special forces personnel invited by the British Government or private companies to attend the forthcoming COPEX Exhibition at Farnborough in September 1997. [3590]

Mr. Spellar

The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) have a licence from the Ministry of Defence to put on exhibitions at Farnborough Airfield. The Ministry of Defence is playing no part in organising the COPEX Exhibition, or in issuing invitations to the Exhibition. The Ministry of Defence has sought and received assurances from the organiser of COPEX that nothing will be allowed at the Exhibition which runs counter to the Government's policy regarding the sale of military or dual-use equipment to countries under a United Nations or European Union embargo or restriction. COPEX has confirmed that it upholds all national, local and international laws and conventions regarding these matters and that any exhibitor that is found to be acting in contravention of these laws would be reported to the relevant authorities.