To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2014 to Question 213991, what discussions the Government has had with Hong Kong police to verify whether any and how many of the tear gas canisters used during protests in Hong Kong on 28 September 2014 were manufactured by Chemring Ltd or another UK company.
Following the use of tear gas during protests in Hong Kong on 28 September, the Government carried out a review of licences for UK tear gas exports to the Hong Kong Police. As the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Mr Vince Cable) has reported to Parliament, the review only identified one licence for tear gas and, after careful review, the Government has decided that this licence will not be revoked on the basis that it does not contravene the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria.
Given this, the Government has not held any discussions with the Hong Kong Police to verify whether any of the tear gas canisters used during the protests in Hong Kong on 28 September 2014 were manufactured by a UK company nor have we sought independent confirmation. We judge that Hong Kong Police have generally approached the protests carefully and proportionately, but will keep this under review as the situation progresses.