Trafficking/Illegal Weapons Export

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries have taken up the UK's offer of help in meeting the 28 October deadline for making a report to the UN on (a) trafficking prevention and export controls of illicit weapons trade and (b) how dangerous weapons-related materials are secured; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The UK was approached by a number of states seeking advice on the structure and scope of national reports under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. In response to these approaches, the UK circulated widely its own draft report on 13 August in order to provide a possible model for others to follow. The UK formally submitted its national report to the 1540 Committee on 29 September, and my right honourable Friend the Foreign Secretary made a written statement on 11 October Hansard, column 3WS.

We remain fully committed to the work of the 1540 Committee in ensuring global implementation of this resolution, including—where appropriate—through providing assistance or advice to others.

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