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 information (a) he and (b) officials in his Department requested from other Departments and agencies when deliberating on the annual licences for the export of dual-use chemicals to Syria which were granted on 17 and 18 January 2012.

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

There is a well-established process for taking decisions on export licence requests. Both licences were assessed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and by other Government Departments with an interest, against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, including whether there was a clear risk that they might be used for internal repression or be diverted to another end use.

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