The total ban on the export of material destined for the Spanish armed forces, which has existed in recent years, would, if continued, deprive British firms of important commercial advantages.
Her Majesty's Government have, therefore, decided, where this is desirable on economic grounds, to lift the ban on the export of "common use" material, that is to say, material which can be used for either civilian or military purposes, and of obsolescent war material, where such material is surplus to our own requirements and those of customers such as the Commonwealth and N.A.T.O. countries.
Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that this return to common sense in dealing with Spain will give great satisfaction to sensibly-minded persons? We certainly objected to jet engines being sent to Russia while Spain, which is certainly not a greater tyranny than Russia, has not been allowed hitherto to have anything.