Air Displays: Farnborough

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 45, on Syria, if he will make representations to the organisers of the July 2012 Farnborough Air Show that they should withdraw their invitation to Rosoboronexport to exhibit at that show.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Farnborough International Air Show is a commercial event, run by Farnborough International Ltd. The British Government plays no part in determining which companies-are invited to exhibit.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has made clear to Foreign Minister Lavrov on several occasions his deep concerns about continued Russian arms transfers to the Syrian Regime.

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