DEF230203 - No. 13

Session 2003-04

23 February 2004

Government Record on Arms Exports under Scrutiny


Government Record on Arms Exports under Scrutiny

Members from four influential select committees will gather together this Wednesday (25 Feb, 1530hrs) to quiz Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on the government's arms export policy.

Quad Chairman Roger Berry MP, who also sits on the Trade and Industry Select Committee, said:

"It is crucial for the government to show that measures being implemented at national and international level are effective in controlling the arms trade and that they are preventing weaponry and other potentially dangerous goods falling into the wrong hands.

"The Committee, in previous reports, has recognised the progress the Government has made, but we have also seriously questioned a number of its licensing decisions.

"This is an excellent opportunity for members of four key committees to scrutinise the government's track record on various aspects of arms export controls."

Notes for Editors:

1.The meeting will take place on Wednesday 25 February at 1530 in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House and will also be Webcast live. (www.parliamentlive.tv)

2. The Quadripartite Committee consists of four Committees that meet together to consider 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.

3. News Release: Quadripartite Committee - No. 2; Defence Committee No. 13

4. For further information contact Adele Brown, Media Officer 020 7219 0724