Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the financial value was of arms exports to each member of the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen since 2015.

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

The Government publishes Official Statistics (on a quarterly and annual basis) about export licences on GOV.UK. These reports contain detailed information on export licences issued, refused or revoked, by destination, including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. These can be found at:

Bespoke reports (e.g. by country, goods type and for specific timeframes) may also be produced by registering on the Strategic Export Controls Reports and Statistics Website at:

The value of exports licensed in a given period is not necessarily a measure of actual exports shipped in that period. This is because most licences are valid for multiple shipments over two years and export values are only available for a subsection of licences (Standard Individual Export Licences). Some licences expire before they are fully used and in these circumstances exporters must apply for a new (duplicate) licence, which can result in a significant element of double counting in some periods.

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

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