Correspondence between the Committee and
the Parliamentary Relations and Devolution Department, Foreign
and Commonwealth Office
USE OF HAWK AIRCRAFT BY INDONESIA
Letter from the Clerk of the Committee
to the Head of the Parliamentary Relations and Devolution Department,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Members of the Committee have noted recent press
coverage (for example, in The Guardian of 3 July) of the
alleged use by Indonesian armed forces of UK-supplied Hawk aircraft
in a counter-insurgency role.
The Committee wishes to receive a note on what
the FCO has done to discover whether these reports are accurate;
if the reports have been substantiated, what action has been taken;
and more generally, what steps the FCO has taken, is taking, or
intends to take to ensure that there is no clearly identifiable
risk that the aircraft concerned might be used for internal repression.
With the Parliamentary recess fast approaching,
I would appreciate a response to this letter as soon as possible,
and not later than Tuesday 23 July.
Clerk of the Committee
16 July 2002