HL Deb 19 July 2000 vol 615 c94WA
Lord Dubs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have issued an export licence for mine-clearance equipment to Afghanistan. [HL3410]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Following consultations with this department and the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Trade and Industry recently issued a licence for the export of mine clearance equipment for the use by the HALO Trust to aid their demining activities in Afghanistan. This licence was granted for humanitarian purposes. This decision does not affect the Government's continued support for the EU Common Position on arms exports to Afghanistan.