Sale of Arms: War in Yemen

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:36 pm on 13th July 2020.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade 3:36 pm, 13th July 2020

My hon. Friend raises a good point in relation to jobs in the north-west at BAE Systems. I was getting a little bit worried about the Opposition’s approach to this. I am going to read out a quote:

“we have a brilliant arms industry in the United Kingdom, and I have no problem with arms sales to other countries, as long as they are properly controlled”—[Official Report, House of Lords, 10 July 2020;
Vol. 804, c. 1346.]

I agree with that—and it was from the Labour spokesman in the House of Lords at a similar urgent question on Friday. I think we can all agree that BAE Systems and others in this field do a great job for the UK overall.