Exports: Syria

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

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have received from (i) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (ii) the Ministry of Defence and (iii) other government agencies on the potential for strategic exports from the UK being used for internal repression in Syria since 2011.

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

holding answer 5 September 2013

Officials in the Export Control Organisation (ECO) within BIS receive advice from a range of Departments, including those mentioned, when considering export licence applications for Syria. Advice on whether the proposed export would be used for internal repression or the abuse of human rights, i.e. Criterion 2 of the Consolidated Criteria, is principally received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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