Arms Trade

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th March 2015.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the export of military equipment to countries where children are known to be or may potentially be recruited for military purposes or otherwise used in hostilities.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The United Kingdom operates one of the most rigorous and transparent arms export control regimes in the world, and is committed to promoting robust and effective national and international arms export control regimes. We do not approve exports where there is a clear risk that the export could be used in any way which would contravene any of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (known as the Consolidated Criteria). Risks around human rights violations and conflict are a key part of our assessment. The Government will not issue an export licence if there is a clear risk that the proposed export might be used for internal repression or to provoke or prolong armed conflicts or aggravate existing tensions or conflicts in the country of final destination.

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