House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ahmed Lord Ahmed Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that United Kingdom military equipment exported to India is not used against civilians in Kashmir.

Photo of Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given by my honourable friend the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, the right honourable Michael Fallon, in the other place on 6 November 2012 (Hansard, col. 590W). An extract of the answer is noted below.

All export licences for military goods are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria. An export licence will not be issued if the decision is not consistent with the criteria. Assessments of export licence applications for military goods to India and Pakistan will take account of the continuing tensions over Kashmir.

The following criteria are relevant:

Criterion 2:

The respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country of final destination. A licence will not be issued if there is a clear risk that the proposed export might be used for internal repression.

Criterion 3

The internal situation in the country of final destination, as a function of the existence of tensions or armed conflicts. The Government will not issue export licences for exports which would provoke or prolong armed conflicts or aggravate existing tensions or conflicts in the country of final destination.

Criterion 4

Preservation of regional peace, security and stability. The Government will not issue an export licence if there is a clear risk that the intended recipient would use the proposed export aggressively against another country, or to assert by force a territorial claim.

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