HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc296-7W
Mr. Menzies Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what shipments of military aircraft components to India were granted export licences in(a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and what end-user agreements were reached with the Indian Government in relation to them. [81726]

Nigel Griffiths

The export of military aircraft components is controlled under entries ML2, ML5, ML10, ML11, ML16, ML17, ML21, ML22 and PL5017 in Part III of Schedule 1 of the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994 as amended.

It would entail disproportionate cost to carry out a search of all export licences issued in 2000, 2001 and 2002 with the above ratings, to establish which covered the proposed export of components for military aircraft, where the end users were in India.

Details of all export licences issued are published by destination in the Government's annual reports on Strategic Export Controls. Copies of the 2000 and 2001 annual reports are available in the Libraries of the House.

The granting of a licence does not necessarily translate into an actual export.

In almost all cases an application for a standard individual export licence, for the proposed permanent export of items controlled for strategic reasons, must be accompanied by an end user undertaking which is consistent with the model format published on the Department of Trade and Industry's Export Control Organisation website. The website address is www.dti.gov.uk/export.control.

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