Arms Trade: Qatar

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 30th October 2018.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what human rights assessment the Government carried out in advance of its decision to provide the Government of Qatar with £4.5 billion of financing support for the export of Typhoon and Hawk aircraft and associated goods and services.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The UK operates one of the most thorough and robust export control systems in the world. The UK Government will not grant export licences where to do so would be inconsistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Exports Licensing Criteria, which include an assessment of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country of final destination.

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