§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures have been taken to prevent the export and manufacturing of leg irons in the UK. 
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
As my right hon. Friend the then Foreign Secretary, announced on 28 July 1997Official Report, column 65W, there is a complete ban on the export or transhipment from the UK of leg-irons, gang chains and shackles designed for the restraint of a human being. The necessary amendment to the Export of Goods Control Order came into force in December 1997.
The manufacture of leg-irons is not prohibited in the United Kingdom.