§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Lord Privy Seal, pursuant to his replies to the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds on 1 July, what were the arrangements he made to terminate the agreement with Zambia to supply Rapier anti-aircraft defence systems; when this was done; and if he will provide a breakdown of the £1.2 million which falls to be met in the current year.334W
§ Mr. Hurd
Her Majesty's Government have had no agreement with Zambia to supply Rapier anti-aircraft missile systems. Zambia bought a Rapier missile system from British Aerospace as a commercial transaction in 1970 for which an export licence was granted.
The equipment to be supplied and paid for in the current financial year forms the final part of the package of military assistance that Her Majesty's Government undertook to provide to Zambia in 1978. It would not be in accordance with normal practice to provide a breakdown of the £1.2 million involved.