Arms Trade

House of Lords written question – answered at on 14 December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have of the operation of re-export control provisions in those countries that have enacted legislation; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all such legislation.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

We requested details of other EU member states' no re-export provisions earlier this year following recommendations made by the Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC). The CAEC asked us to compare and contrast our national policy on no export provisions with the policies of other EU member states. We requested this information through the Council Working Group on Conventional Arms and the findings indicate that most other EU member states include no re-export provisions as part of end-user documentation (except for exports to some NATO countries), although Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Portugal have some form of mandatory no re-export provision as part of their export control legislation.

We do not hold copies of this legislation and are therefore unable to place copies of these in the Library of the House.

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