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Arms Trade

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 2nd April 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Sherwood of 8 July 2002, Official Report, column 653W, on export licences, whether licences are still being granted for export to the United States of components for (a) F-16 aircraft and (b) Apache helicopters destined for Israel; and if he will make a statement.

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

holding answer 3 February 2009

The Government publish detailed information on export licences issued, refused and revoked by destination, including value and a summary of the items covered by these licences, in their annual and quarterly reports on strategic export controls. Information on export licences issued for incorporation before onward export is given separately for each destination in the Reports. The Government's annual reports, published since 1997, and quarterly reports published since 2004, are available from the Libraries of the House and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/publications/publications/annual-reports/export-controls1

Any such export licence applications would be considered on a case by case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and all relevant information and circumstances at the time of the application, while at the same time having regard to the factors listed in my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's statement of 8 July 2002 setting out the Government's approach to UK exports for incorporation and onward export.

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