HC Deb 08 July 1987 vol 119 c347
10. Mr. Amess

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received regarding trade between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Alan Clark

None. Provisional figures for January to April 1987 show a satisfactory increase in United Kingdom exports to the market.

Mr. Amess

Will the Minister take this opportunity to congratulate Yardleys of Basildon on winning substantial new orders for its products in Saudi? Will he and his colleagues tackle the French about imposing trade barriers in the form of complicated labelling requirements on aerosol sprays and the like?

Mr. Clark

I am certainly glad to congratulate Yardleys on winning further orders. Indeed, total cosmetic exports to Saudi Arabia total over £39 million. At present there are difficulties relating to labelling and the definition of standards in that market. I hope that Yardleys will take up the matter with officials in my Department, who will try to help the company to overcome the difficulties.

Mr. Dalyell

When Shorts of Belfast exported Blowpipe missiles to Saudi Arabia, did the end user certificates reveal how many of those Blowpipe missiles found their way to Afghanistan?

Mr. Clark

The disclosure of end user certificates is something that is not—[Interruption.] It has been the practice of Governments not to make public information relating to end user certificates — [HON. MEMBERS: "Reading."] I am reading from my own answer, which was in the Official Report yesterday in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Monklands, West (Mr. Clarke).