Press Notice 5, Session 2005-06


Members from four influential select committees will gather together on Thursday, 25 May at 10.00hrs to quiz Revenue and Customs on the enforcement of the government's arms export policy.

For the first time officials from Revenue and Customs and the separate Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office will give oral evidence to an inquiry by the Quadripartite Committee into the Strategic Export Controls. Revenue and Customs are responsible for investigating breaches of controls on arms sales, biological and chemical weapons, UN sanctions, etc.

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

"The Committee is looking forward to taking evidence for the first time from officials in HM Revenue and Customs and the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office.

"Revenue and Customs is on the front line in policing the Government's policy on the export of arms. This is an excellent opportunity for members of four key committees to scrutinise Customs' track record on preventing weaponry and other potentially dangerous goods and technologies falling into the wrong hands."

Notes for Editors:

1.The meeting will take place on Thursday 25 May at 1000 in Committee Room 8, and will also be available on Webcast audio. (

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. 5

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