Arms Trade: Turkey

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 6th June 2022.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what basis she made the decision to lift restrictions on arms sales to Turkey; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

HM Government is satisfied that decisions on licence applications to Turkey can be taken, by following a careful assessment against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria on a case-by-case basis.

The Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and take into account a full range of factors such as our international obligations, including the Arms Trade Treaty.

These are not decisions we take lightly. We will not issue any export licences where to do so would be inconsistent with the Criteria.

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