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Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the granting of licences by her Department to UK companies to export items to third countries for re-export within finished weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in Yemen does not violate the Court of Appeal’s judgment of 20 June 2019.

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

Licence applicants are required to tell us the final destination of the item to be exported, including where that item is incorporated into a higher-level product.

Government takes that final destination and the nature of the higher-level product into account when making decisions against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and in the case of export to Saudi Arabia when ensuring compliance with the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

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