HC Deb 26 May 2004 vol 421 cc1683-4W
Tom Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what investigations her Department has carried out into the activities of Victor Bout. [175582]

John Healey

I have been asked to reply.

Customs is responsible for investigating any suspected breaches of UN sanctions in the UK, or by UK persons overseas, involving exports or certain brokering activities.

It is not Customs policy to comment on the existence or nature of any such investigations, but Customs notes that recent media reports concerning Mr. Bout do not refer to any matters that would fall to be investigated by them.

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