Exports: Syria

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

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions export licences for (a) sodium fluoride and (b) potassium fluoride have been granted for export to Syria in each of the last 10 years; who the customer was; what the intended use of the chemicals was; and how much was exported under each such licence.

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

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The information is as follows:

(a) Six licences have been authorised for sodium fluoride in the last 10 years—in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

(b) One licence has been authorised for potassium fluoride in the last 10 years, in 2012.

Retrieving the information on the amount of chemicals exported over the last 10 years could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

The 2012 licences had an intended end use for metal finishing in making aluminium showers and window frames for civilian end use. All other licences were for the manufacture of toothpaste by commercial companies.

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