The Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly the Quadripartite Committee)

13 March 2006

Arms Trade Report to be Debated by the House of Commons

The latest report of the Commons “Quadripartite Committee” will be the focus of a parliamentary debate on Thursday 16 March at 2.30 pm in Westminster Hall.

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

“In recent years, the UK Government has taken a strong lead on arms export controls, both within the EU and internationally. 

“However, there are real concerns about the adequacy of the UK’s extra-territorial controls on brokering and trafficking of arms deals, the way that national arms export controls can be avoided by offshore production and the effectiveness of current systems of monitoring and enforcement.

“This debate will be an opportunity for the House of Commons to scrutinise the government’s track record in the crucial area of arms export controls.”

Notes for Editors:

  1. The debate will take place on Thursday 16 March at 2.30 pm in the Committee Room No. 10, is open to the public and will also be Webcast live ( 
  2. The Committee Report that will be the subject of the debate was published in March 2005. Full details can be found online at   The Government’s response to this Report, published in July 2005, is available online at
  3. The Quadripartite Committee consists of four Committees that meet together to consider 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. News Release: Quadripartite Committee - No. 4.
  5. For further information contact Jessica Bridges-Palmer, Media Officer 020 7219 0718