HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 c354W
Ann Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will reply to the question from the hon. Member for Cynon Valley of 15 October 2001 (Ref 6545). [40380]

Nigel Griffiths

My response of 15 October 2001,Official Report, columns 981–82W said: Inquiries are being made and I shall respond to my hon. Friend as soon as possible".

I am now in a position to respond and apologise for the delay in doing so. Details of all export licensing decisions taken between 2 May 1997 and 31 December 2000 were set out in the Government's 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 annual reports on strategic export controls, published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; copies are in the Libraries of the House.

Components and associated equipment for armoured vehicles are controlled under entries ML 1, ML2, ML3, ML4, ML5, ML6, ML11, ML13, ML 15 and ML17 in Part 3 of Schedule I to the Export of Goods (Control) Order, commonly known as the Military List. From 1 January 2001 to 24 January 2002, 69 SIELs and no OIEL were issued covering the export of items with the relevant ratings. During that same period one SEIL and one OIEL application were refused. In addition 22 SIEL and one OIEL applications were still awaiting a decision as of 24 January 2002.

In addition, goods on the Military List may have been exported to Indonesia since May 1997 under certain open general export licences; copies of all open general export licences are placed in the Libraries of the House.

Information relating to licences for components and associated equipment for specific armoured vehicles is confidential information, which is exempt from disclosure under Part 2, sections 1, 13 and 14 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.