The Committees on Arms Export Controls (the Quadripartite Committee)

1 November 2006

NEW INQUIRY ON THE UK'S 2005 ANNUAL REPORT ON STRATEGIC EXPORT CONTROLS

The Commons Quadripartite Committee set up to examine strategic export controls - that is UK arms and weapons exports - will be undertaking an inquiry into Government's 2005 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls (Cm 6882). 

The Committee welcomes written evidence as part of this inquiry on-

1.export licensing decisions in 2005 and 2006

2.policy issues arising from the Annual Report and from the Quarterly Reports for 2006

3.the format and content of the Annual Report.

The Annual Report and Quarterly Reports are on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029395474

Written evidence should reach the Committee by 3.00 pm on Friday 24 November 2006. Further information for those submitting written evidence is given in the notes below.

The Committee is also announcing today in Press Notice No. 9 - that it will be carrying out post-legislative scrutiny of the Export Control Act 2002 and the orders made under the Act.  The Committee is happy to accept written evidence covering both inquiries but those submitting should submit separate memoranda for each inquiry.

Notes:

  1. The Quadripartite Committee consists of four Committees that meet together to consider the control of strategic exports, including weapons. The Committees involved are: Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry. The Chairman for these meetings is Roger Berry MP, who is a member of the Trade and Industry Committee.
  2. The Committee's main job is to review Government policy on licensing arms exports and licensing decisions.  Each year the Government produces an annual report on Strategic export Controls which the Committee scrutinizes.
  3. Membership of the Committee:
    Members from the Trade and Industry Committee: Roger Berry MP (Labour); Mr Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour); Peter Luff MP (Conservative); Judy Mallaber MP (Labour).
    Members from the Defence Committee: Mr David S Borrow MP (Labour); Mr David Crausby MP (Labour); Linda Gilroy (Labour); Robert Key MP (Conservative).
    Members from the Foreign Affairs Committee: Mike Gapes MP (Labour); Mr Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour); Mr Paul Keetch MP (Liberal Democrats); Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP (Conservative).
    Members from the International Development Committee: Malcolm Bruce MP (Liberal Democrats); John Barrett MP (Liberal Democrats); John Bercow MP (Conservative); Richard Burden MP (Labour).
  4. Notes for submitters:

    Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. The deadline is 3.00 pm on Friday, 24 November 2006.

    Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should not exceed 3,000 words in length. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary, ideally no more than one page long. Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries, including publication on the Committee's web pages. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases. Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. For further information on evidence to select committees, see the guide for witnesses available at: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm
  5. For media inquiries please contact the media officer Alex Paterson Palmer on 020 7219 1708, email - [email protected]
  6. Specific Committee Information: Tel 020 7219 8367, email - [email protected]
  7. Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/quad     
  8. Watch committees and parliamentary debates online: www.parliamentlive.tv 
  9. Publications/Reports/Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474). Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on www.parliament.uk