Press Notice 4, Session 2005-06


Members from four influential select committees will gather together on Tuesday, 25 April at 16.30hrs to quiz Dr Kim Howells, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on the government's arms export policy.

The Minister and officials will give evidence to the committees' inquiry into the Government's 2004 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls.

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

"The government wants increased transparency and international convergence of the rules on arms exports and Members are keen to examine the achievements secured during the UK's term as president of both the EU and G8.

"It is crucial for the government to show that measures being implemented at international and national level are effective in controlling the arms trade and that they are preventing weaponry and other potentially dangerous goods falling into the wrong hands.

"This is an excellent opportunity for members of four key committees to scrutinise the government's track record on arms export controls."

Notes for Editors:
1.The meeting will take place on Tuesday 25 April at 1630 in Committee Room 8, and will also be available on Webcast audio. (www.parliamentlive.tv)

2.The Quadripartite Committee consists of four Committees that meet together to consider the 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.

3.The Committee's 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 Committee scrutinizes.

4.News Release: Quadripartite Committee - No. 4

5.For further information contact Jessica Bridges-Palmer, Media Officer 020 7219 0718