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Iraq: Arms Trade

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 8245, tabled on 21 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British arms (a) the Government and (b) British companies have sold to Iraqi military forces to combat ISIL.

Answered on

11 September 2015

The UK Government is committed to assisting the Government of Iraq (GoI) in alleviating the suffering of those Iraqis targeted by Daesh, the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) group and to restore stability and security across the country.

Details of military goods sold by the UK Government to Iraqi military forces are published in the UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report at the following

The most recent report, which covers 2014, was published in July 2015. Together with the previous report, it indicates that there were no Government-to-Government sales of military goods to Iraqi military forces in 2013 or 2014. In addition, there is no record of any sales of military goods from the UK Government to Iraqi military forces in the period from January to the end of June 2015. This period will be covered in the next Annual Report published in 2016.

With regard to military goods exported by UK companies to Iraq, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, is the appropriate UK licensing authority. The Government holds information on export licensing decisions for military goods from the UK to Iraq but it does not hold data on actual sales of defence exports and has no information on whether any such exports to Iraq have been used specifically to combat ISIL or for other defence or security purposes.

I can inform you that 30 Individual Export Licences have been issued for military goods from the UK to Iraq for the period from January 2014 to the end of March 2015. Data on these 30 export licences is publicly available via the Government's Strategic Export Controls: Reports and Statistics website https:// www. uk/sdb/fox/sdb/SDBHOME. Data covering the period 1 April to 30 June 2015 is due to be published in October 2015, while data on the export of military goods from the UK to Iraq prior to January 2014 is also available on the same website.

In addition the UK Government is providing extensive support to the GOI in the continuing fight against ISIL, with the gifting of equipment forming a significant part of this. Previously, Her Majesty's Government has gifted 50 tonnes of non-lethal support, 40 heavy machine guns and nearly half a million rounds of ammunition to the Kurdish Peshmerga. The latest equipment to be gifted to the Peshmerga consists of additional medical supplies. The supplies consist of items such as tourniquets, bandage kits and dressings for wounds and fill a significant gap in their resources, leading to the preservation of life and proper treatment of injuries sustained in combat.