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Press Release   •   Jan 25, 2010 10:49 GMT

“Questions need to be asked about what the Foreign Office and MoD knew about this," said the Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome.

Commenting on a Newsnight investigation which has found that a bomb detector sold to Iraq from Britain ‘cannot possibly work’, David Heath, in whose constituency the device is made said:

“If it is true that these bomb detectors are useless, and they are being widely used by security forces in Iraq, then British and American servicemen could have been put at risk as a result.

“Questions need to be asked about what the Foreign Office and MoD knew about this, what advice they have given to the Iraqi authorities, and how on earth such a product could have been given an export license to a sensitive area like Iraq by the Department for Business.”