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Thank you for emailing your comments to us on Princes, Planes and Pay-offs - a selection of your emails are below.

I cannot comprehend the logic of this programme made by a British broadcaster about the business dealings of a British company and the support given by the British Government. Does the Corporation want Britain to be the fall guy of Europe, clean but poor? The programme makers need to get real, do they really think the rest of Europe is squeaky clean? The mere fact Prince Bandar took his A340 to France means the French would love to supply the Saudis with military aircraft and would love the boost this would give their economy. Remember there is a real world out there and stop trying to destroy Britain with programmes clearly not in the public interest.
Ken Wilson, Erih, Kent

Thank you, Jane Corbin for an excellent research, perspectives and opinions on the al-Yamamah arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Please, do not drop this case until an appropriate and transparent answer is provided by UK government.
Diego , Aberdeen

BAE is right to have given money to the Saudis if it helped keep British jobs. The French do it on a massive scale every day to help French companies, so why shouldn't BAE do it to help British jobs.
William Mckinstry, Donaghadee, N Ireland

In my opinion the program was hugely unbalanced and had clearly set out to smear BAE SYSTEMS and the UK Government. Much store was set by reporting on the internal allocation of funding within the Saudi Government which is frankly none of our business if they choose to reward specific officials. Finally, the fact that Bandar had his own private plane as part of the Royal Family of KSA is really no different to the President of the USA and the UK Royal Family, both of which have aircraft funded by the State. Unless, it can be proven that funds were directly linked to financing terrorist activity, the BBC should cease reporting in this quite destructive manner to UK Limited.
Andy Boyne, Fulwood, UK

I would suggest that those people defending these business practices as "acceptable" should be immediately prevented from holding any position of seniority in a UK company as they obviously hold "profits" in higher regard than "laws".
Frank B, London

I thought it was a very interesting programme and well researched. However I was constantly distracted and at one point felt almost dizzy due to the appalling camera work. The camera man did not seem able to keep the camera still and drifted from side to side during close up interviews. He zoomed in at such speed that I felt dizzy. During the programme my husband and I were so distracted by this awful camera work that we were discussing it rather than listening to the programme which was a real shame and let the programme down in my opinion.
Wendy Russell, Coulsdon Surrey

Last night's programme on the BAE kick-back issue was the best piece of television I have seen and the most effective use of a half-hour slot I could imagine. Jane Corbin's presentation was sublime; insistent, balanced and compelling. The research team excelled in providing convincing and inspired material. The content was superbly defined through magnificent editing and the visual quality of the direction simply stunning. Congratulations to all concerned with special mentions for Ms Corbin and Guy Smith. The BBC should be very proud of you!
William Starling, Nayland, England

The findings of the Panorama investigation were indeed startling but however not as startling as Jeremy Vines shiny lime green shirt. What was all that about!!!!!!!!!!
John Clement, Newport South Wales

In the "Princes, Planes and Pay-offs" programme there was a quick reference to the payment for aircraft in the form of oil equivalent to a tanker load per day over a period of several years. One question springs to mind, did the government add the normal tax charge to the fuel from this oil (around 60% on petrol) and where did this money go? It would appear that our government got an even bigger kick back than the Saudi Prince, it would be interesting to find out how this money was spent or where it went.
Malcolm Steel, Basingstoke

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