Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 26th September 2019.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many export licences they have granted which approved the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia in 2019.

Photo of The Earl of Courtown The Earl of Courtown Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 09 September 2019.

The correct answer should have been:

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Licensing data is published as Official Statistics on GOV.UK. The data currently provides details of licences up to 31 March 2019 and this shows that 50 licence applications for military items have been approved.

Information about the period 1 April to 30 June will be published on 15 October 2019 and data covering the period 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 will be published in January 2020.

Licensing decisions about transfers to Saudi Arabia of items which may be used in the conflict in Yemen have been subject to judicial review. Under the Court of Appeal judgment of 20 June 2019 my Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade was remitted to reconsider these decisions. Until such time the Government will not grant new licences to export items to Saudi Arabia or its coalition partners for possible use in Yemen.

All export licences are issued in strict accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

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Photo of The Earl of Courtown The Earl of Courtown Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Licensing data is published as Official Statistics on GOV.UK. The data currently provides details of licences up to 31 March 2019 and this shows that 50 licence applications for military items have been approved.

Information about the period 1 April to 30 June will be published on 15 October 2019 and data covering the period 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 will be published in January 2020.

Licensing decisions about transfers to Saudi Arabia of items which may be used in the conflict in Yemen have been subject to judicial review. Under the Court of Appeal judgment of 20 June 2019 my Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade was remitted to reconsider these decisions. Until such time the Government will not grant new licences to export items to Saudi Arabia or its coalition partners for possible use in Yemen.

All export licences are issued in strict accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

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