HL Deb 02 November 2000 vol 618 cc114-5WA
Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they approved the issue of an export licence to supply hydraulic lifting equipment to Kosovo for use by the Irish Kosovo Force (KFOR) contingent. [HL4445]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

We are happy to approve an export licence for the supply of spare parts for the maintenance of hydraulic lifting systems for use by the Irish KFOR contingent. The goods will assist KFOR in the valuable work they are doing reconstructing a peaceful Kosovo.

These goods appear on the UK's Military List. UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1160 (1998) prohibits the supply of arms and related material to the FRY. However, UNSCR 1244 (1999) provides that the prohibitions imposed by SCR 1160 shall not apply to the sale or supply of arms and related material for use by the international civil and security presence in Kosovo.