Arms Trade: Trade Fairs

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that weapons or equipment which are banned by the UK will not be promoted at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition in London in September 2013.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

DSEI is a commercial event organised by the company Clarion Events. The Export Control Organisation has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with Clarion which sets out their role and responsibilities, and those of the exhibitor companies, in respect of export and trade control legislation. Clarion's terms and conditions for their exhibitors makes clear that the responsibility for applying for any relevant export licences lies with the exhibiting companies.

BIS officials, alongside counterparts from other Government Departments, are working very closely with Clarion Events to ensure that the exhibitors comply as necessary with export and trade control legislation.

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