Armed Forces: Equipment

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th May 2009.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether components for naval communications and radar for weapon sights and general military aircraft and naval vessels manufactured in the United Kingdom and exported to Israel have been used recently in south Lebanon and Gaza; and, if so, what action they will take.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

I refer the noble Lord to the Written Ministerial Statement—"Israel: Update on UK Strategic Export Controls" made by my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary on 21 April 2009 (Hansard, col. 8WS).

We have received no reports that UK equipment or components, either directly or indirectly supplied to Israel, have been used in recent skirmishes along the Israel/Lebanon border. However, we are aware that Israeli aircraft do regularly fly over southern Lebanon in breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. These aircraft may have included UK-supplied components.

I can also assure you that all available information about UK-supplied equipment being used by the Israeli defence forces during Operation Cast Lead, will be taken into account when we assess future applications. We are also reviewing extant licences to see whether these need to be re-considered in light of the change in circumstances and will report to the Committees on Arms Export Control.

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