Arms export controls debated by MPs

21 October 2011

Sir John Stanley, Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling and Chair of the Committee on Arms Export Controls, moved a debate in Westminster Hall on Thursday 20 October on the subject of arms export controls.

Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government. Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Committee on Arms Export Controls

The Committees on Arms Export Controls consist of four select committees meeting and working together: Business, Innovation and Skills; Defence; Foreign Affairs; and International Development Committees.

The Committeess on Arms Export Controls have worked together since 1999 to examine the Government's expenditure, administration and policy on strategic exports, that is the licensing of arms exports and other controlled goods. The four committees work together because each has an interest in arms exports. Each Committee nominates four members, though any Member of the four committees can attend.

Westminster Hall debates

Westminster Hall adjournment debates allow MPs to discuss issues of local or personal interest which rarely have time to be debated in the main Chamber of the House of Commons. MPs can discuss a variety of issues and receive a response from a government Minister.

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