Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th October 2018.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September to Question 169234, what assessment his Department has made of whether arms exported to Saudi Arabia under current export licences have been used to commit a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We keep export licensing for Saudi Arabia under constant review, including in light of military action by the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen. As set out in the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, the Government will not issue an export licence where we assess that the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

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