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Riot Control Weapons: USA

Treasury written question – answered on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union, Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value was of UK exports of (a) baton rounds, (b) tear gas and (c) small arms to the US in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are responsible for the collection and publication of data on UK imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC release this information monthly, as a National Statistic: the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics.

The value of exports of handguns and revolvers to the United States in the last five years is set out in the table below. This is based on declared trade, so is not an estimate.

UK exports of handguns and revolvers (93020000) to the United States by value

Calendar Year

Trade Value (£)

2015

7,256

2016

47,890

2017

27,144

2018

7,770

2019

38,829

Data source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics

The trade data collected does not enable HMRC to distinguish exports of baton rounds from other ammunition and projectiles. The trade data collected also does not enable HMRC to distinguish exports of tear gas from other spring, air or gas guns and pistols or truncheons.

However, there is aggregated trade data available for the goods and periods requested on the “uktradeinfo” website, under “Build your own data tables”: https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Pages/Home.aspx. The site also contains a “Help” function for information on how to extract trade data.

Trade data relating to the value of all ammunition and projectiles can be searched for using commodity code 9306909000. Trade data relating to all spring, air and gas guns and pistols and truncheons exported to the US can be found using commodity code 9304000000.

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