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Exports: Defence Equipment

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library the country by country arms export data for (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010 in the same format as that used for the period from 2000 to 2007.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is responsible for releasing these data on a quarterly and annual basis.

The data are no longer placed in the Library as they are now readily available via the Strategic Export Controls: Reports and Statistics website at:

https://www.exportcontroldb.berr.gov.uk/eng/fox/sdb/SDBHOME

Reports from 2008 onwards are still produced in the same style, compared to 2007, but in line with the Government's commitment to be more transparent and accountable we now provide much more information for each country. Improvements include:

the goods rating being provided in addition to a summary description of the item, thus giving more information on the type of goods for which a licence has been issued for export to a specified country; the values are now broken down to the nearest £ per country and per rating, whereas previous reports gave a total figure for all licences issued for that country rounded to the nearest £0.5 million; median processing times are now provided per country, whereas this was not available previously.

Furthermore the website referred to allows any person either to download reports published on a quarterly/annual basis within the ‘Published Reports’ area of the website (in read only format), or alternatively to register on the website and then produce their own bespoke reports.

For these reasons the Government do not propose to place this information in the Library in the format requested, as more extensive information is already available to Members of Parliament through the online database.

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