HL Deb 10 July 2003 vol 651 c53WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they are taking following reports that British-made Scorpion armoured vehicles are being used by the Indonesian forces in Aceh. [HL3615]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The Indonesian Government announced on 23 June the deployment of 36 British-built Scorpion vehicles to Aceh to defend roads against attack by the Free Aceh Movement (FAM).

Our embassy in Jakarta spoke to senior military contacts and reminded them of the assurances that British-built military equipment should not be used offensively or to violate human rights. We are carefully monitoring the extent of compliance with these assurances.