Press Notice 01, Session 2005-06


Members from four influential select committees will gather together on Tuesday, 31 January to take evidence at two sessions on the export of arms.  The arms manufacturers and exporters will give evidence at the first session at 1415hrs.  Saferworld, Oxfam and broadcaster, Mark Thomas, will give evidence at the second which starts around 1515hrs.

These will be the first witnesses to give evidence to the committees’ new inquiry into Strategic Export Controls.

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

“This is an excellent opportunity for members of four key committees to find out from defence manufacturers and from non-governmental organisations whether the UK’s system for licensing arms exports is working and if changes need to be made.

 “It is vital for the government to show that decisions on licences to export arms are taken thoroughly and also quickly.  Those taking decisions need to have the confidence of exporters and also of the public to prevent weaponry and other potentially dangerous goods falling into the wrong hands.”

The witnesses

Representatives of Industry: Tuesday, 31 January at  1415 in Committee Room 8

Mr David Hayes, Head of Export Controls, Rolls-Royce plc, and Chairman of the Export Group for Aerospace and Defence

Mr Derek Marshall, Director of Aerospace Defence and Homeland Security, Society of British Aerospace Companies

Mr Bernadette Peers, Compliance Manager, Strategic Shipping Company Ltd

Mr Brinley Salzmann, Exports Director, Defence Manufacturers Association

Mr David Wilson, Export Compliance Manager, EDS Defence Ltd

Non-governmental organisations: Tuesday, 31 January at  approximately 1515 in Committee Room 8

Mr Oliver Sprague, Senior Policy Adviser, Oxfam and UK Working Groups on Arms

Mr Roy Isbister, Head of the Export Controls, Saferworld and UK Working Groups on Arms

Mr Mark Thomas, broadcaster and journalist and a winner in 2004 of the UN service award as a Global Human Rights Defender

Notes for Editors:

1. Watch committees and parliamentary debates online:

2. Committee website:

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. News Release: Quadripartite Committee - No. 1;

6. For further information contact Jessica Bridges-Palmer, Media Officer 020 7219 0718