Arms Export Controls 2012

18 October 2012

The Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) have commenced their next annual inquiry into the Government’s policies and performance on arms export controls and on arms control issues more widely

The Committees constitute Members of the Business, Innovation and Skills, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development, House of Commons’ Select Committees meeting concurrently. The CAEC’s task throughout the year is to scrutinise the UK Government’s arms export controls procedures and legislation, individual arms export licence decisions, arms export policies, and the UK’s role in international arms control agreements.

Chairs Comments

The Chairman of the Committees, Sir John Stanley, said:

“The Committees on Arms Export Controls will be conducting this Inquiry with the same rigour and attention to detailed public disclosure as has been the case in the Committees’ two previous Reports in this Parliament. The focus of the Inquiry will be the Government’s 2011 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls, the Government’s Quarterly reports on arms export licences approved and refused in 2011 and 2012, and the Government’s policies and performance on arms control issues more widely.”

The Committees will be taking both Oral and Written evidence.

The Committees invite Written evidence in accordance with the guidelines stated below by midday on Monday 29 October 2012

Guidance on the submission of written evidence

Each submission should:

  • be no more than approximately 3,000 words in length; 
  • begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
  • have numbered paragraphs; and
  • be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to caeccom@parliament.uk and marked “Submission for CAEC inquiry”. 

View guidance on giving evidence to Select Committees.

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committees, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorized by the Committees.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committees. The Committees normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committees will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence. 

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