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Terrorists (Equipment Sales)

50. Mr. Rathbone : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received about sales of military equipment and technology to terrorist organisations.

Mr. Alan Clark : My Department from time to time receives inquiries and representations from hon. Members, individual members of the public and organisations about the Government's policy on defence exports, including sales to terrorist organisations. Government policy is under no circumstances to sell military equipment and technology to terrorist organisations.

NATO

52. Mr. Menzies Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ; and what matters were discussed.

57. Mr. Turner : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation about the United Kingdom's contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

76. Mr. John Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation about the United Kingdom's contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

85. Mr. Dunnachie : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation about the United Kingdom's contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : My right hon. Friend met Dr. Woerner at the defence planning committee on 28-29


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November when they discussed a range of business, including the annual review of national contributions to NATO. The communique issued after that meeting has been placed in the Library of the House.

Dartmoor National Park

53. Mr. Steen : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he is having with the Duchy of Cornwall regarding the renewal of the licences of 1991 for live firing of ammunition in the Dartmoor national park.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : The Ministry of Defence is in regular contact with officers of the Duchy of Cornwall over the administration of the licence governing the use of Duchy-owned land on Dartmoor for military training and other matters. No formal discussions have yet taken place over the renewal of the current licence, which does not expire until 29 September 1991.

European Fighter Aircraft

61. Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received regarding radar equipment for the European fighter aircraft.

66. Mr. Hoyle : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received regarding radar equipment for the European fighter aircraft.

71. Mr. Eastham : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received regarding radar equipment for the European fighter aircraft.

86. Mr. David Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received regarding radar equipment for the European fighter aircraft.

Mr. Alan Clark : My right hon. Friend and I have received a number of written and personal representations on the competition for the radar for the European fighter aircraft.

Warsaw Pact

65. Mr. Boswell : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent evidence he has of reductions in capability by the Warsaw pact.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : The unilateral force reductions which have been announced by the USSR and some other Warsaw pact countries appear to be taking place. Even when these are fully implemented, however, the Warsaw pact's conventional forces in Europe will substantially outnumber NATO's.

Safety Information

70. Mr. Michael : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will allow open public access to information on matters of safety in respect of his Department's responsibilities.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : It is not possible to permit open public access to information on matters of safety in the


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Ministry of Defence because of the practicable impossibility of separating such information from classified information about the Department's activities and weapons systems. The Ministry of Defence is subject to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and subordinate legislation, except where specific exemptions are given in the legislation. Even where such exemptions are given it is the Department's policy to observe the same standards of safety which are required of others.

Low Flying

74. Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the amount of low flying carried out by the Royal Air Force.


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78. Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the amount of low flying carried out by the Royal Air Force.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : My right hon. Friend has no plans to do so.

Departmental Establishments (North-East)

90. Mr. Devlin : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next intends to visit his Department's establishments in the north-east of England.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : My right hon. Friend has no current plans to visit Ministry of Defence establishments in the north-east of England.


 

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