Riot Control Weapons: Exports

Treasury written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Chancellor for the Exchequer, what the value was of exports of (a) rubber bullets, (b) riot shields and (c) tear gas to (i) the US and (ii) other countries in 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 trade data collected does not enable HMRC to distinguish exports of rubber bullets 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, or riot shields from other plastic articles.

However, there is aggregated trade data available for the goods and periods requested on the uktradeinfo website, under ‘Build your own data tables’. 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 can be found using commodity code 9304000000. Trade data relating to riot shields and other plastic articles can be found using commodity code 3926909790.

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