Press Notice 28

Session - 2002/03

8th May 2003

News Release

(IDC Press Notice No. 28/2002-03)

Publication of Reports

The Government's proposals for secondary legislation under the Export Control Act

Strategic Export Controls: Annual Report for 2001, Licensing Policy and Parliamentary Scrutiny

The First and Second Joint Reports from the Committees on Strategic Export Controls (the 'Quadripartite Committee') of Session 2002-03 will be published at 0001 on Tuesday 20 May as House of Commons Papers 620 and 474.

The Reports continue the work of the four Committees in examining the Government's policy on trade in military equipment and technology. The first Report scrutinises the detail of the Government's proposals for reform and modernisation of the export control system. The second looks at the Government's policy and administration as it stands, concentrating on the Government's most recent Annual Report, that for 2001, which was published in July 2002.

Confidential advance copies of the Reports will be available to witnesses and accredited members of the press from 1100 on Monday 19 May, on application to Ana Ferreira on 020 7219 4300. There will be no press conference, but Roger Berry MP (the Chairman of the Committees' joint meetings) will be available for comment. The Reports can be purchased from The Stationery Office (Tel 0870 600 5522; Fax 0870 600 5533) or from the Parliamentary Bookshop, Bridge Street, Westminster (020 7219 3890). The full text will also be available on the parliamentary website at http:/ / from the day of publication.

8 May 2003

Note to Editors: The 'Quadripartite Committee' consists of four Committees meeting concurrently: the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees.   The Chairman for these meetings is Roger Berry MP, a Member of the Trade and Industry Committee.