To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the telecommunications equipment reportedly used by Saudi Arabian and Emirati forces to direct the operations of Sudanese child soldiers deployed in combat operations in the conflict in Yemen was (a) supplied by UK companies and (b) authorised for export by the UK government.
I refer the Honourable Lady to the answers I gave to questions 228118 and 228119. We are firmly committed to ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers and to protecting all children affected by armed conflict.
We raise allegations of human rights abuses, including the use of child soldiers, with all parties to the conflict in Yemen. We have been clear that all parties must comply with International Humanitarian Law. We do not hold any specific information relating to the number of child soldiers of Sudanese origins who have been involved in the conflict.