Foreign Procured Munitions

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 1:39 pm on 6th June 2006.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater 1:39 pm, 6th June 2006

The Minister is making a powerful point, but I beg to disagree with him. May I give him one example? During the first Gulf war, my predecessor, Lord King, asked the Belgians for 7.62 mm ammunition for general purpose machine guns. The Belgians refused to give it to us because they did not agree with our involvement in that war. I hope the Minister agrees that we cannot ignore the point that we have no say at all if a country disagrees.