HL Deb 04 February 1999 vol 596 cc230-1WA
Lord Alton of Liverpool

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in the light of the admission of the Indonesian Defence Attaché, Colonel Halim, that United Kingdom manufacturers' equipment has been used by their forces in East Timor, they will review their decision to renew and to create arms export licences for British companies exporting armaments and military equipment to Indonesia. [HL664]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

In July 1997 we introduced new criteria for licensing defence exports. Since that date, we have not issued licences for the export of equipment where we judge that there is a clearly identifiable risk that the equipment might be used for internal repression or international aggression.