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Arms Trade: Treaties

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) what his policy is on the required (a) scope and (b) parameters of the proposed Arms Trade Treaty;

(2) what assessment he has made of the merits of including brokering activities within the scope of transfers regulated by the proposed Arms Trade Treaty;

(3) what assessment he has made of the merits of including small arms ammunition on the list of equipment to be regulated by the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Government are committed to securing a robust and effective arms trade treaty that meets its foreign policy priorities of safeguarding Britain's national security and building prosperity. The precise content of an arms trade treaty is currently the subject of a UN negotiation which concludes in 2012; the Government continue to develop their negotiating position ahead of the next Preparatory Committee meeting commencing on 28 February 2011; it is therefore not appropriate for me to specify the detail of the UK's negotiating position at this stage.

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