SPIRE System

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average time taken to process export licences granted under the SPIRE system involving countries of proliferation concern was in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the longest time taken for process approval of a licence has been since the system's inception.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

holding answer 13 October 2008

The average time taken to process all Standard Individual Export Licence applications in the last 12 months was 20 working days. The longest time taken to process a case since the SPIRE system's inception is 198 days, in a case which required careful assessment of reported links between the end user and WMD programmes.

There is no published list of countries of proliferation concern. However, the Export Control Organisation publishes quarterly figures on refusal percentages and processing times by destination for Standard Individual Export Licences on its website at:


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