The Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and International Trade Select Committees agree to work together as the Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) to scrutinise the Government’s reports on arms exports.
These four Committees will work together because they all have an interest in arms exports as part of their responsibility to scrutinise their respective Government departments. They will meet together regularly to consider the Government’s reports on strategic exports (that is, the exports of arms and other controlled goods).
Licensing strategic exports is critically important
The Chairs of the four Committees – Julian Lewis (Defence Committee), Tom Tugendhat (Foreign Affairs Committee), Stephen Twigg (International Development Committee), and Angus MacNeil (International Trade Committee), issued the following joint statement:
"The Government's work on licensing strategic exports is critically important and it is essential that it is given proper attention. We look forward to our Committees working together as the Committees on Arms Export Controls to carry out the vital role of scrutinising this area of government work."