Al-Yamamah Arms Agreement

Part of Opposition Day — [5th allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 2:16 pm on 7th February 2007.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department 2:16 pm, 7th February 2007

I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:

"notes that the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) decision to discontinue its investigation into BAE Systems plc and Saudi Arabia was taken independently by the Director of the SFO on grounds of national security in the public interest and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors;
further notes that the SFO is vigorously pursuing a number of other lines of investigation in relation to BAE Systems plc;
welcomes the steps being taken by the Government to tackle international corruption;
and further welcomes the Government's commitment to compliance with the United Kingdom's obligation under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.".

I suppose that one could say that this case has it all for the headline-grabbing MP—arms deals, Arab princes and a big corporation, as well as allegations of corruption and of Swiss bank accounts. In reality, however, it is all about the rule of law, and it is on that I want to focus.