Press Notice 01, Session 2006-07

Members from four influential select committees will gather together on Thursday, 7 December to take evidence at two sessions on the export of arms. Amnesty, Saferworld and Oxfam will give evidence at 1430hrs. The arms manufacturers and exporters will give evidence at 1515hrs.

These will be the first witnesses to give evidence to the committees' new inquiry into Strategic Export Controls.

The witnesses

Non-governmental organisations: Thursday, 7 December at 1430 in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

Mr Oliver Sprague, Programme Director, Military Security and Police Transfers, Amnesty International and UK Working Group on Arms

Mr Roy Isbister, Team Leader on small arms and transfer controls, Saferworld and UK Working Group on Arms

Mr Simon Gray, Oxfam and UK Working Group on Arms

Representatives of Industry: Thursday, 7 December at approximately 1515 in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

Mr David Hayes, Head of Export Controls, Rolls-Royce plc, and Chairman of the Export Group for Aerospace and Defence

Mr Brinley Salzmann Exports Director, Defence Manufacturers Association

Mrs Susan Griffiths, Export Control Manager, MBDA UK Ltd

Mr Barry Fletcher, Fletcher International Export Consultancy

Notes for Editors:

1.Watch committees and parliamentary debates online:

2.Committee website:

3.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.

4.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.

5.News Release: Quadripartite Committee - No. 1;

6.For further information contact Alex Paterson, Media Officer 020 7219 1589