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(Brighton, Kemptown)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 February 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the three extant Open Individual Trade Control Licences for bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia, who manufactured those bombs and missiles; how many have been transferred under the Licences in each year since those Licences were granted; and what the value is of each such transfer in each of those years.
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Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 11 February 2019

No Open Individual Trade Control Licences have been granted for bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia.

We believe the question was intended to ask about the three Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs), relating to Storm Shadow and Brimstone air-to-surface missiles, manufactured by MBDA and Paveway bombs, manufactured by Raytheon.

We do not hold data for the number of weapons exported under an OIEL each year. OIEL applications do not include values because OIELs are generally not restricted by quantity.

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(Derby North)
Asked on: 21 January 2019
Ministry of Defence
Yemen: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK-supplied military equipment has been used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen since March 2015.
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Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 29 January 2019

As my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Defence (Sir Michael Fallon) said on the 19 December 2016 (Official Report 618, column 1216), the Royal Saudi Air Force has operated UK-supplied Typhoon and Tornado aircraft in Yemen and used Paveway, Dual Mode Brimstone, Storm Shadow and ALARM munitions.

The Saudi-led Coalition confirmed that a limited number of UK-manufactured BL-755 munitions were dropped in Yemen but that these UK manufactured munitions would be no longer used.

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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 18 January 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many compliance audits have been undertaken in relation to the Open Individual Export Licences granted to BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd on (a) 5 December 2013 for Storm Shadow air-to-surfaces missiles, (b) 5 March 2014 for Paveway Guided Bombs and (c) 21 August 2018 for Brimstone air-to-surface missiles for which Saudi Arabia was the end user country; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 23 January 2019

There have been 3 compliance audits in relation to Open Individual Export Licences granted to BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd, for which Saudi Arabia was the end user country, since the first licence referred to was granted on 5 December 2013.

Our records show that the licence for export of Brimstone air-to-surface missiles was granted in 2014, not 2018 as referred to in the Parliamentary question.

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(Brighton, Kemptown)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 15 January 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) value of Raytheon Paveway laser-guided bombs that have been approved for export to Saudi Arabia; what proportion of those bombs have been exported under (i) Standard Individual Export Licence and (ii) Ordinary Individual Export Licence in each quarter since June 2015; and at which locations those bombs were manufactured.
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Answered by: George Hollingbery
Answered on: 21 January 2019

Exports of Paveway bombs are made under a long-standing Government-to-Government defence cooperation programme between the UK and Saudi Arabia. As such, the UK Government has full oversight of the exports.

The UK has issued two licences for the export of Paveway bombs to Saudi Arabia: a Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) in April 2015 and an Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL) in March 2014, in accordance with the Consolidated Criteria. Details of these can be found in the published official statistics at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data.

I am withholding details of the number and value of bombs permitted by the SIEL as disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

OIEL applications do not include values because OIELs are generally not restricted by quantity. We therefore do hold that data.

We do not hold figures for the number of weapons exported, nor do we hold information about the locations in which the bombs were manufactured.

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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the number of (a) Storm Shadow, (b) Brimstone and (c) Paveway weapons exported from the UK to Saudi Arabia that have been used (a) deliberately or (b) accidentally against civilian targets in Yemen.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 September 2018

The UK has issued export licences for a number of weapons systems and components for end use in Saudi Arabia, in accordance with the Consolidated Criteria. We are unable to provide precise figures for the number of weapons exported. Nor do the Coalition publish information on which weapons are used for specific air strikes. The UK is not a member of the Saudi-Led Coalition and we do not have any role in setting Coalition policy, or executing air strikes in Yemen. We will not issue an export licence for Saudi Arabia, or any other country, if we assess there is a clear risk the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law.

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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 03 July 2017
Ministry of Defence
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that the Saudi Arabian air force is adequately trained in the accurate use of weapons such as the Paveway bomb supplied by the UK, so as to prevent civilian deaths in Yemen and elsewhere.
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Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 12 July 2017

The UK has considerable insight into the systems and procedures used by the Royal Saudi Air Force in Yemen, notwithstanding that the UK is not a member of the Coalition or a party to the conflict.

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