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Re-Export Controls Bill

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 26 April (WA 94), what was the evidential basis for the reservations expressed by Baroness Wilcox about the Re-Export Controls Bill on 3 December 2010; and who was consulted prior to those reservations being expressed.

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

Discussions on arms export controls take place between EU member states in the Council Working Group on Conventional Arms and between participating states in the Wassenaar arrangement. The information we have received from our EU partners with regards to re-export controls has informed the evidence base for our position on the Re-Export Controls Bill.

The UK export control system, while administered by the Export Control Organisation within BIS, is a cross-Whitehall effort involving the FCO, MoD and other Government Departments. The FCO was consulted, alongside the appropriate Cabinet Committee, before I expressed reservations about the Bill on 3 December.

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