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Riot Control Weapons: Exports

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 210025, tabled on 10 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment is carried out of the risk of tear gas being used for internal repression before an export licence is granted.

Answered on

17 October 2014

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and the prevailing circumstances at the time of each application. Criterion 2 concerns the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country of final destination, as well as respect by that country for international humanitarian law. An export licence would not be granted if there was a clear risk that the goods to be exported might be used for internal repression.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills