Arms Trade: Exports

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered at on 20 September 2023.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many defence export licences have been identified as not complying with the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria after their initial approval in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)

Where an export licence is no longer consistent with the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, such as when there has been a change in circumstances in the destination country, then that licence will be revoked. Alternatively, we may invite the licensee to surrender the licence.

Between 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2023, we revoked 19 Standard Individual Export Licences and two Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs) in full for military-rated goods. In addition, three multi-destination OIELs were amended to remove one destination and three OIELs were amended to remove two destinations.

HM Government publishes Official Statistics on export licences granted, refused and revoked to all destinations: Currently this includes information up to 31 March 2023.

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