HL Deb 27 January 1999 vol 596 cc151-2WA
Lord Alton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

(a) what is the total value of the 60 new export licences granted to British firms selling arms to Indonesia since the last general election and which companies are involved; (b) whether they will list the arms purchased by Indonesia in the past two years; and (c) what consideration is being given to the continuation of their policy in this area. [HL532]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

It would entail disproportionate cost to determine the total value of licences granted since 2 May 1997 for the export of military goods to Indonesia. Some licences are used only in part, while others may not be used at all.

The Government are soon to publish their annual report on strategic export controls. It will list by country of destination the number of export licences issued in each equipment category, and give details of the military equipment for which licences have been granted.

All licence applications for defence equipment to Indonesia will be considered case by case, using the same criteria we introduced which apply to all other countries.