Hong Kong

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213991, what process was followed for determining whether arms transfer licences should be reviewed as a consequence of the use of tear gas canisters during the protests in Hong Kong on 28 September 2014.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Holding answer received on 08 December 2014

Government policy states that during sudden changes in conditions in an export destination, in particular where there are increased concerns about human rights, all relevant extant export licences are subject to review. After carefully reviewing one current licence against the Consolidated Criteria, the Government decided that it does not contravene the Consolidated Criteria. Therefore, this licence remains open. The Government continues to monitor the situation in Hong Kong very closely.

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