The Committees on Arms Export Controls: Press Notice

11 August 2009


The Committees on Arms Export Controls will be publishing its First Report of Session 2008-09, “ Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2009): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2007, Quarterly Reports for 2008, licensing policy and review of export control legislation,” (HC 178) on Wednesday 19 August at 00.01 a.m.

Embargoed copies of the Report will be available to witnesses and members of the press on Monday 17 August at 10.30 a.m. from the reception desk, 7 Millbank SW1A 3JA. These must be requested in advance from the Committee Assistant (Tel: 020 7219 6123). Embargoed copies will also be placed in the Press Galleries. Members of the press who wish to receive an electronic advance copy should contact the Media Office on 020 7219 1589.

Further copies may be obtained from the Stationery Office (Tel 0845 702 3474) and will be available on our website at the address below soon after


1. The Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly the Quadripartite Committee) consists of four Committees which meet together to consider the control of strategic exports, including weapons. The Committees involved are: Business and Enterprise, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development. The Chairman for these meetings is Roger Berry MP, who is a member of the Business and Enterprise Committee.

2. The Committees’ main job is to review Government policy on licensing arms exports and licensing decisions.  Each year the Government produces an annual report on Strategic Export Controls which the Committees scrutinise.

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