Arms Trade: Imports

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government plans to report on imports of conventional arms under the Arms Trade Treaty.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts from signatories of the Arms Trade Treaty on improving mechanisms for gathering data on arms imports; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government remains committed to annual reporting obligations for imports of conventional arms under the Arms Trade Treaty.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The UK is committed to its obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Treaty encourages States to record imports, but does not create an obligation to do so. Therefore we do not consider that there is an obligation subsequently to report on imports. We regularly review our approach and do not plan changes at this time. We regularly discuss reporting with other ATT signatories at official level, most recently at the ATT Working Groups in late January.

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