Government’s responses to arms export control questions

19 January 2012

The Chairman of the Committees on Arms Export Controls, Sir John Stanley, wrote to the Foreign Secretary, on 18 July, requesting answers to questions the Committees raised.

This was in relation to the Government’s response (Cm 8079) (PDF 395KB) to the Committees’ Report of 5 April 2010: Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2011): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report, Quarterly Reports for 2010, licencing policy and review of export control legislation, HC 686) (PDF 1.77MB). The Committees requested answers to questions relating to the review of Government policy and practice with regard to the export of equipment that might be used for internal repression.

The Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon William Hague MP, replied to the Committees on 30 September 2011. Attached below are the Chairman’s letter and attachments, and the Foreign Secretary’s reply and attachments:

The Chairman of the Committees, Sir John Stanley, said “Annex A and Annex B to the Foreign Secretary’s letter provide a very substantial body of information about UK arms exports and about the Government’s policies in this important area. However, the material in Annex B also brings to light new questions and apparent contradictions in arms export approvals and revocations to countries in North Africa and the Middle East that require further scrutiny. I have therefore sent a letter asking further questions to the Foreign Secretary.”

Copy of the letter that Sir John Stanley sent to the Foreign Secretary on 16 January 2012. (PDF PDF 138 KB)


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