§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he received export licence application No. 16047 from Aylesbury Automation; when he expects to reach a decision on the application; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Howells
Licences to export arms and other goods whose export is controlled for strategic reasons are issued by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry acting through the DTI's Export Control Organisation (ECO). Licence Application 16047 was received by the ECO on 9 August 2000. Individual licence applications are circulated by the DTI to other Government Departments with an interest as determined by those Departments in line with their policy responsibilities.
A decision has not yet been reached on this application, but will be taken as quickly as possible consistent with the need to give full consideration to the issues involved.248W