Arms dealers flock to exhibition

THIS WEEK IN 1993: Ballet shoes put on show in museum

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On this day in 1993 arms 
buyers from 70 countries attended a government naval and military equipment exhibition in Portsmouth and Aldershot.

When questioned by The Guardian about the ethics of selling arms to Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, Sir Alan Thomas, the head of the MoD’s export services, said: ‘I feel embarrassed our press is constantly shouting down good news’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.