Skip to main content

Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 3711, tabled on 23 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many arms export licences the Government has issued with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 25 March 2015; if he will investigate the effect of the UK's obligations under national and EU legislation and the Arms Trade Treaty of the issuing of arms export licences to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and that country's air strikes in Yemen and its allies; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

1 July 2015

The Government has granted 37 export licences for military goods for Saudi Arabia since 25 March 2015.

All export licence applications are carefully assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria to ensure the UK’s obligations are being met. The Criteria, which were amended in March 2014 to reflect the UK’s commitments under the Arms Trade Treaty, take into account all relevant factors at the time of the application, including the prevailing circumstances in the recipient country and the region, the nature of the goods, the identity of the end-user and the stated end-use. A licence will not be issued if to do so would be inconsistent with any provision of the Criteria.

No further investigation is planned because all applications are rigorously assessed against these Criteria.

Answered by

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills