Press Notice 46, Session 2002-03

Committees on Strategic Export Controls

(The "Quadripartite Committee")

Arms Trade Reports to be Debated by the House of Commons

Two recent reports of the Commons 'Quadripartite Committee' will be the focus of a parliamentary debate on Thursday 6 November at 2.30 pm in Westminster Hall.

The debate will be an opportunity for the House of Commons to hold the Government to account on its policy towards the arms trade. The Government is likely to be questioned on the detail of its proposals for reform and modernisation of the current system, as well as on its existing policy and the quality of its administrative systems.

Notes to Editors:

1.  The 'Quadripartite Committee' consists of four Committees that meet together to consider controls on strategic exports, including weapons: 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. Details of the membership of the four Committees can be found on the parliamentary website at

2.  The two Committee Reports that will be the subject of the debate were published in May. Full details can be found online at 

and at

3.  The Government's responses to these Reports are available online at

and at

4.  Debates in Westminster Hall are held in public. Anyone wishing to attend who does not hold a parliamentary pass should go to St Stephen's Entrance to the House of Commons, proceed through security and ask there for directions. The debate will also be webcast live at, with an archived webcast available for fourteen days from the day after the debate. Broadcast quality tapes of the debate will be available on request from the Parliamentary Recording Unit, which can be contacted at or on 020 7219 5511. A full transcript will be available online from the day after the debate at