Arms Trade: Climate Change

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Tommy Sheppard Tommy Sheppard Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264428, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of the use of weapons that have been manufactured and sold by the UK.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes environmental and sustainability issues into account throughout its acquisition process. This extends to the defence industry via contract through Defence Standard 00-051 - Environmental Management Requirements for Defence Systems, and the MOD continues to engage with industry on its approach to sustainable procurement.

The sale of weapons by the UK is tightly controlled, although any environmental impacts resulting from their use would be the ultimate responsibility of the end user.

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