§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which countries Ministers in his Department conducted arms promotion activities in(a) 2002 and (b) 2003 to date; and if he will make a statement. 48W
§ Mr. Straw
[pursuant to the answer, 15 May 2003, Official Report, c. 403W]: An administrative error led to an omission in my answer of 15 May to the right hon. Member. The correct answer should read as follows:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers regularly conduct overseas visits in the course of which they promote British exports, including those of defence equipment. For 2002, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers carried out such promotion activities in Chile, India, and Singapore; and in 2003 to date, Singapore. In 2002, Ministers also carried out promotion in the Czechoslovakia Republic, Slovakia and Tanzania, but while in the UK. In 2003, Ministerial promotion also took place in India, but while the Minister was in the UK.