Quadripartite Select Committee Written Evidence

Supplementary memorandum from Oxfam UK

  Please find enclosed copies of the photographs[44] I showed at the recent evidence session on 31 January 2005 for the Committee's information. The point of showing the pictures was to demonstrate that there appears to be a close working relationship between Otokar and Land Rover for the manufacture, promotion and export of military vehicles. This information is relevant in challenging the Government's official response to questions raised on Land Rover Defender vehicles in Uzbekistan.

  According to Otokar, Land Rover Defenders are produced under licence from Land Rover. For example, Otokar's website states that:

    "Otokar manufactures Land Rover Defender model 4x4 tactical vehicles under Land Rover license in parallel with customer needs."

  It is also worth noting that the production arrangement between Land Rover and Otokar did receive Export Credit Guarantee support in March 1998, as announced in Hansard in January 2000 (Hansard, 27 January 2000: Column: 292W)

  The Government has stated in its response to the QSC [Quadripartite Select Committee] that it has no power to control the export of civilian components designed for incorporation into military systems. We believe this is not correct. In cases where the destination is subject to an arms embargo, the EC Dual-Use regulation does place a licensing requirement on civilian components used for these purposes. As Uzbekistan is now subject to an EU Arms embargo, we believe that these components would now be licensable. It is not clear if this applies to exports via third countries, and therefore whether any spares supplied to Otokar for onward export to Uzbekistan would be covered under this regulation.

  The Government are also implying that as the vehicles photographed in Uzbekistan were not armoured, they are not licensable products. A vehicle does not have to be armoured to be licensable. The vehicles pictured in Uzbekistan are clearly military vehicles by anyone's definition, and have been used in atrocities that neither to UK government, nor Land Rover themselves would justify under any circumstances. It is worth re-emphasising that Turkish government lists Otokar produced Land Rover Defender 110 vehicles as being fitted with rifle clips, Nato towing hooks and two-way black-out lighting. According to the DTI's own guidance, in our view vehicles supplied to these specifications would be licensable under ML6a of the military list.


  1.  The Defender 110 is the vehicle type that was exported to Uzbekistan. The vehicle in this photograph was supplied by Otokar for use by SFOR forces in Bosnia. The purpose of showing this photograph is to demonstrate the clear joint branding of both Otokar and Land Rover on these vehicles. The Land Rover logo is clearly visible on the rear right hand side of the vehicle and both company logos are jointly inscribed on spare wheel cover. This would seem to contradict the assertion that this is not a Land Rover approved vehicle. [Photograph not printed]

  2.  These two pictures are taken from Land Rover's stand at this year's DSEI defence exhibition. It is our understanding that Land Rover do not manufacture an armoured variant of the Defender in the UK. The vehicle on display at the exhibition is clearly an Otokar vehicle. The Otokar insignia is clearly visible on the front section of this vehicle. [Photograph showing Otokar insignia not printed]

  3.  This is a scan of Land Rover's recent military vehicles sales brochure. This brochure was being handed out at DSEI. The Vehicle pictured appears to be the same Otokar vehicle that was on display on Land Rover's stand.


  Also produced at the evidence session was an Otokar employee's business card. This employee was working on Landover's exhibition stand at this year's DSEI exhibition and was the person which handed out Landover's military brochure from.

January 2006

44   Due to reproduction problems some of the photographs have not been printed in this volume. Complete copies of this memoranda have been placed in the House of Commons Library and in the Record Office, House of Lords. Back

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